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    Norman Lear

    Same – wrong age and location, probably. From the reactions I can appreciate that the bloke was better-known than Gates Sr., for instance.
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    1. Jimmy Carter

    Or he’ll die the 76th time he’s on the list.
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    2. Dick Van Dyke

    Drop him altogether, it’ll be a much-needed bold move either way. If he survives 2024, the committee shall be praised for their nuance and foresight; if he dies, it’ll still have been worth the gamble, especially as I don’t see anyone of note seriously betting on a quick demise now.
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    Shane MacGowan

    Wow, what a day. I’m putting my money on Jimmy passing tomorrow, though till just a moment ago I would have given him till a few days after Christmas.
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    1. Jimmy Carter

    In my book that’s the very opposite of sad. Sharp and sprightly well into one’s nineties, what more do you want?
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    The D-A-CH-DeathList 2024 (page 18)

    Aw, now this, just as I saw some activity in the main Monty Python thread
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    Giorgio Napolitano

    Yes, hit! That's been a rather long break for me.
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    24. Jean-Marie Le Pen

    They had lots of family functions (not this wedding though) at Notre-Dame-du-Chardonnet around Paris' Quartier Latin. This church has been taken over by the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist fraternity of priests who opposed teh Second Vatican Council and eventually got excommunicated for ordinating bishops of their choosing. There's plenty of unsavoury stuff like Holocaust denialism in their ranks, abuse allegations go without saying, and generally they're close to parties like the Front National in France. The church has been occupied by them since the 80s and remains so till today; French authorities haven't intervened so far on grounds on best keeping the peace that way (?). I happen to know a family close to the Pius brothers, preferring to attend the old-style Tridentine mass. It seems though that over the last one or two years they've come to the conclusion that they're indeed a bit icky and now have sought out priests of the Fraternity of Saint Peter, essentially Pius defectors who eventually submitted to Rome in exchange for privileges such as the right to hold mass in Latin.
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    1. Jimmy Carter

    My money’s on a record year – however, with JC dying only in January 2024.
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    Foreign Personalities, From Stage, Screen, Politics And Life

    Hit for my list, end of an era. She's not just any old Picasso ex, but the only one who left him (instead of he leaving her), shaking his machismo like none other. Accomplished painter in her own right, too.
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    Henry Kissinger

    Queen Dowager of most of the world and last Empress of India...the most dangerous woman in Europe according the Hitler...not famous outside the UK? Get a grip. I'm aware of Queen Mum, but in spite of her illustrous biography, she's still a whole level below Kissinger in terms of historical significance, and, by extension, (international) fame.
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    The D-A-CH-DeathList 2024 (page 18)

    Should have had him on my general list, I wonder what I was thinking there. There's been a bunch of German candidates that I cut because of their lacking international notability, but surely that wouldn't have concerned me with Modrow.
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    Gina Lollobrigida

    First hit of the year for me!
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    I feel Artemev's death at this time of the year calls for posting the Mirror opening theme: his arrangement of Bach's The Old Year Has Passed Away.
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    Pope Benedict XVI

    He's been on the record that he's ready to go for years now.

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