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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2019

    If one were to go for famous centenarians, maths professor Richard Kenneth Guy might be worth considering. http://math.ucalgary.ca/math_unitis/profiles/richard-guy Although his obitability for DDP purposes is far from being guaranteed (+: Being British; Being a centenarian; Co-authoring a book with John H. Conway on Mathematical Games; –: Working in Canada; Not your typical celebrity scientist; no single great achievement like Fermat's last Theorem for A. Wiles), he could easily fit in some nerdy/science-y theme teams. (Apologies if he has been mentioned before, his name could be written in multiple ways [R. K. Guy, Richard K Guy, RK Guy ...] and I can't be arsed to search for all of them.)
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    Curse Of The Eurovision

    Not unexpected, but still sad. Of course, she's also gotten some British obits: https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/lys-assia-dead-94-eurovision-12247584
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2019

    While it indeed sounds a bit odd, it makes sense from a purely technical (taxonomical) point of view, since humans are great apes and thus part of the Kingdom of Animalia (sometimes anglicised as animals).
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2019

    If you are just going for old actors, I'd rather consider retired legends Gene Hackman, Sean Connery and the still active (but also ancient) Clint Eastwood, all more than a decade older than Harrison Ford. But can't one of these three, or maybe all three of them outlive Ford? Yes, why not. But as of yet, I don't know of anything that would make this particularly likely.
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    Stephen Hawking

    You can call it a "random death", but it was not unexpected. It's a small miracle that he could live a near-normal lifespan with a severe form of motor neurone disease (that he had for 50 years), and had numerous (serious) health scares (mainly bouts of pneumonia) since 1985. (But it was certainly a "big death", R.I.P.)
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    John McCain

    Then we're gonna learn that he must be an imposter, since the real Dalai Lama is exiled from Tibet (and would be arrested if he ever entered the PRC). Unless we accept the PRC's claims that the whole (or at least the Northern part) of Arunachal Pradash where this traitor his Majesty resides is South Tibet and is rightfully theirs.
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2019

    While I agree that a decade sounds way too optimistic, and he might be telling some white lies about his prognosis, he did claim that the figure came from a "consultant" (presumably an MD): Of course, he is pretty vague about this claim, and even if it really came from an MD, this figure might not be meaningful at all if the consultant had referred to median survival times for "typical" patients (since they might be much luckier than him), but he could have had more information about the grade and genetic profile of Bill's cancer than us. IF it's relatively indolent / slow growing or very sensitive to chemotherapy / hormonal therapy, he might survive for 2 years (with some luck).
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    Time Added

    Shevchenko was Ukrainian though.
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    Time Added

    Since Marc-Vivien Foé? Although that was more dramatic since he died on the pitch. (Honorable mention goes to Antonio Puerta, but he was perhaps not at the height of his career yet.)
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    Ridiculous Arguments

    ← Always ready to kill a joke with a sérieuse argument:
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2019

    He is not on the list yet, but whether or not he'd be in the future depends mostly on whether the cancer would return (and spread). By the way, even though prostate cancer is rarely a death sentence, the prognosis might be worse if the cancer is high grade or if it has spread. In Fry's case, we know a lot of details – and while some of these suggest a favourable prognosis (no distant metastases, all apparent cancer was successfully resected), others might be worrying (the cancer appears to have been locally advanced – 11 lymph nodes were removed along with his prostate; high grade/aggressive tumour – was given a Gleason score of 9 out of 10).
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    Stephen Fry

    Yes, prostate cancer is not always fatal, but the BBC article/Fry's account is still interesting, because it goes into unusual detail about his results: +successful surgery that appears to have removed all cancer +no distant metastasis –aggressive cancer: Gleason score of 9 out of 10 –locally advanced: 11 lymph nodes were removed
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    Franco Zeffirelli

    And lately also for allegations of sexual assault: OTOH, these days it would be easier to list all the elderly male celebrities that were not accused of sexually assaulting others than those that were accused (Stan Lee, George H. W. Bush, Kirk Douglas, Franco Zeffirelli...)
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    Billy Graham

    While that might be true, it might be worth stressing that among Evangelical preachers, he might have been one of the more palatable folks. Quoting the BBC:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-13374487 In that hilarious Fred Phelps video I cited above, Phelps called Graham a "Hell-bound false prophet" (and an Armenian heretic) because in his opinion Billy "told sugary lies" when he taught that "God hates the sin, not the sinner". Anyways, I'd be curious whether the Westboro Baptist Church will keep Fred's promise and really picket his funeral with their good old "God hates America" and "God hates fags" signs, just to remind us that even though Phelps and Graham are dead, there are still enough bigotted idiots to take their place.
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    Billy Graham

    So he outlived his younger colleague, Fred Phelps by 3 years and 11 months. Let us use this opportunity to cite a few lines from Fred's "premature eulogy" (or should I say "cacology") to Billy: Thanks for the detailed explanation Fred – I would never have found out the meaning without you!

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