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    Internet Celebrities

    I mentioned in the "Fringes of Fame" thread that beloved-by-roidhead internet "fitness" guru Zyzz died in a gay sauna yesterday aged 22, and somehow this has actually made eight actual real Australian newspapers, according to Google News. I was disinterestedly scouring Spankwire, as you do, and was reminded of the existence of Tila Tequila. At one point she was the most popular person on MySpace (ask your grandparents). She then went on to have a brief career as a celebrity, but after the MTV reality shows ran out it was just her being bottled off-stage at gigs and having whoever she stuck her tongue into that week die on her. She strikes me as a good candidate for a TMZ-friendly overdose within the next few years. Anyway, there's loads of these "internet famous" folk nowadays and we need a thread for them I feel. Maybe Tron Guy will battle a brave fight against cancer or that guy from Evolution of Dance will go mad and shoot up a shopping mall. Talk about these guys here. Or don't.
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    Wendy Williams

    With the official cancellation of The Wendy Williams Show due to Wendy's "medical issues", I believe this has now entered thread territory.
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    Death, Italian Style

    Alright, there's enough of us on here now to have earned our own topic. Andrea Camilleri, Topo Gigio creator Maria Perego, Nico Fidenco, Omero Antonutti... this is where they go when they experience La Dolce Morte.
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    Salman Rushdie

    A harsh but fair review of that season of Curb.
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    Deadpool Detective Work

    A thread for, in the spirit of Doreen Keogh and Gerard Sim, detective work that needs to be undertaken by deathlisters to ascertain as to whether people with possible claims to celebritydom are still alive. I mainly ask this because I cannot find, after two hours online, if Brian Walker is still alive. My assumption is the man's death would at least get a mention somewhere, as he was the only man in history to be both a member of The Wurzels and a contributing artist to Viz. He was part of the original Adge Cutler line-up of the West Country's finest but left soon after their first album was released (he'd also played with Acker Bilk as well). He then became a full-time comics artist, and has his own entry in the Dictionary of British Comics. He drew mainly for Whizzer and Chips, an example of his work is pictured below: But I cannot find a) a death notice for him (he would be 89 now), or any sign of him making any sort of public declaration of being alive any time in the past decade. Can this forum's more learned members help out? Also, please suggest other names you consider to be Schroedinger's Dead Pool picks, not alive or dead until proven otherwise.
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    The 100 Club

    A thread for people who have passed the age of 100 but have (very, very) faint claims to fame other than "just being old". The lifeblood of many a DDP theme team, really, may as well get them all in one place. Plus it gives me an excuse to have a regular meeting point for two of my favourites: 110-year-old paranormal investigator Alexander Imich and 107-year-old financier Irving Kahn, who apparently still goes to work daily. Check out his current stock portfolio here. Anyway, so here's where we can rhapsodise about Run Run Shaw, Roy Douglas and Vo Nguyen Giap and the many public appearances they'll no doubt be making in the near future. One of the leading actors of the pre-blaxploitation era cowboy "race movies", Herb Jeffries, just turned 100.
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    Aaron Ramsey

    I feel like I want to debunk the Ramsey myth.... let us go through all 69 matches Aaron Ramsey has ever scored in, and see if there was a Big Celebrity Death (ymmv) either that day or the following one. Also, if anyone can suggest another footballer who has an equivalent career (12 to 14 seasons, between 65 and 75 matches scored in) as a control, that'd be appreciated. (EDIT: I'm going to use Miralem Pjanic as a control. Debuted the same season, scored in 70 different matches) Aaron Ramsey Game: Chasetown 1 - Cardiff City 3 (5/1/08) Biggest celebrity death: Suspected serial killer Ronald Lee Moore. Big death?: No. Game: Burnley 3 - Cardiff City 3 (26/4/08) Biggest celebrity death: Composer Henry Brant Big death: No. Game: Fenerbahce 2 - Arsenal 5 (21/10/08) Biggest celebrity death: Former Tory MP and Luton Town chairman David Evans Big death: Eh.... no not really. Game: Arsenal 4 - Portsmouth 1 (22/8/09) Biggest celebrity death: Forgotten TV magician David Avadon Big death: No Game: Arsenal 2 - Stoke City 0 (5/12/09) Biggest celebrity death: Garfield Morgan from The Sweeney Big death: Biggest so far but "News at 10" level? Maybe... Miralem Pjanic Game: Metz 1 - Sochaux 2 (15/12/07) Biggest celebrity death: Dan Fogelberg Big death: I'd say so, although perhaps more in the US than UK. Game: Strasbourg 0 - Metz 3 (1/2/08) Biggest celebrity death: Barry Morse (off The Fugitive and Space 1999) Big death: ish Game: Metz 1 - Nice 2 (15/3/08) Biggest celebrity death: Some good other shots here (Gary Hart, Mikey Dread) but it has to be Captain Birdseye himself, John Hewer Big death: The first one on either list I am certain made it to News at 10/first three pages of the newspaper. Game: Lens 1 - Metz 1 (5/4/08) Biggest celebrity death: Charlton Heston Big death: Massive, an actual A-lister at last. Game: Metz 4 - Le Mans 3 (17/5/08) Biggest celebrity death: Joseph Pevney, directed the most episodes of the original Star Trek season Big death: No.
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    Dead Pop Stars

    Here's an MTV playlist guide proving that Prince, Culture Club and The Beat were played on MTV at least six months before "Billie Jean". Were all of Haysi Fantayzee white?
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    Dead Pop Stars

    Jackson is the commonly cited name, but that's almost certainly wrong. He may have been the first black solo artist in heavy rotation on MTV, which was a big thing after Rick James (iirc?) threatened to sue the channel for not playing "Superfreak". The Specials were played on MTV's opening night, Eddy Grant was definitely in early rotation, Jimi Hendrix was played on the retro shows, Fab Five Freddy would have been on a lot thanks to Blondie's "Rapture", then there were mixed-race bands like Big Country and Culture Club... which isn't to say that MTV didn't have a race issue, but Jackson was definitely not the guy who broke it. Also he was a nonce.
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    Dead Pop Stars

    The number of bands/musicians that claim to be the first black act on MTV has to rival the number of musicians who claim to have been booked to fly on Buddy Holly's plane that night.
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    Deathlist Cup 2022

    Thank you very much tiny sexy rat lookalike and notorious Hollywood asshole Anna Kendrick. Yep, cup season is back on the Deathlist and I'm going to be stumbling through the process as gamesmaster this year following Roey J. stepping down. A series of 100m sprints compared to the DDP's marathon, the Deathlist Cup has been won by all the greats: deadsox, DDT, An Fear Beag, gcreptile, and your boy Spade Cooley. Will we be engraving a new name on the trophy this year? Or will someone finally become the first two-time winner? Anyway, let us copy/paste Joey's rules from last year: The Deathlist Cup  1. This is a knockout tournament featuring one-on-one matchups between Deathlist forum posters. These matches will be determined by use of a random draw, using Random.org.   2. Unless we happen to end up with 2/4/8/16/32/64 entrants, then certain competitors will get byes to the Second Round. This will be based on results from the 2021 Cup: ie, winners first. 3. Players, on receiving their randomly drawn opponent, will have a ten day period to send the Referee their First Eleven for the match by PM, and one sub in case of an early death. These eleven picks can be very low hanging fruit if you so wish, as the point of the game is to score as many “goals” during the month a match is played. ie, a perfect team would look like this 1. Adam Ant (joker) 2. Bob Backlund 3. Chelsea Clinton 4. Didier Drogba 5. Erika Eleniak 6. Frank Field 7. Green Gartside 8. Harry Hill 9. Ivan Ives (Russian rapper) 10. Joe Jackson 11. Kevin Keegan subs 12. Lennox Lewis 13. Meghan McCain 14. Nick Colte Would probably back Frank Field as a joker over Adam Ant though. 4. Banned picks – We're slightly more lenient than the DDP, but we're still banning Famous For Being Ill, people on Death Row (unless they die naturally), anyone who is a prisoner of a terrorist organisation, animals, the under 18s, and anyone who is "missing in action" but blatantly already dead. 5. Famous For Being Ill picks are those who have no notoriety outside of their cancer/other illness. If they played two matches for a Conference North team or they were mayor of a city in Kiribati back in the 90s, that's fine. If they're Joe Bloggs who is in a coma after refusing a covid vaccine or a Brave Parent Celebrating Their Last Christmas, they're not getting accepted. 6. If in doubt, submit a pick, but the decision of the ref (me) is final and is not open to any court of appeal. If you think it’s a dodgy pick, it probably is. 7. Each match will take place over the course of a single month. For example, a February match would take place from February 1st to February 28th (or 29th on a leap year), a March match from March 1st to March 31st and so on... 8. Games will be scored in the following manner: A person in your team dies = 3 points A unique person in your team dies = 1 more point (ie 1 bonus point) Fatality – Your joker. Double points 9. Here is what happens in the case of a team member dying prematurely (ie on 28th Feb for the March game). If you discover this before the 3rd of the month, your top sub will automatically go into place. If it is discovered on the 3rd or after, sorry about your luck. If it turns out the person was dead and known to be (this is determined via a reference in a newspaper or magazine, not social media) then subs don’t come into play. This will upset at least one player a year. Will it lead to a huffy forum stormout in 2022? Let's see. 10. At the end of the month, the player in the match with the highest score wins that game, and will advance to the next round. The player who doesn’t have the highest score will lose, and be eliminated. 11. In the event of a draw, the following tiebreaks will be used:  1st tiebreak = number of hits 2nd tiebreak = average age of hits 3rd tiebreak = a coin toss   12. A player is only held to one team for a single match. If they win their match and advance to the next round, they may pick eleven entirely different people for the next round. In this way, folk who announce their terminal illness in, say, May, can be put to good dead pooling use. 13. Qualifying obits? Every single English-language newspaper, magazine or significant website in the universe. Also Le Monde, Le Figaro, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, El Pais, El Mundo and because I'm running it this year we're adding Corriere Della Sera. If they still can't get a QO from that, then they really weren't famous. 14. For the removal of any doubt, any players who do not send in their team before the deadline will be DQ'd and replaced by the highest scoring loser. No matter how many sad PMs you send afterwards.  This draw takes place in Month 1 (ie January) and is for matches taking place in Month 2 (February). After the draw, each player sends me (via PM) a team of eleven celebrities (and some subs hopefully) they think will snuff it in Month 2.  Good luck and sign up to take part in this thread. Entries close on January 21 with the draw to take place immediately after.
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    FIFA World Cup Players

    Kiril Dojčinovski, part of Yugoslavia's 1974 squad (but didn't make the field in any games), dead at 78. Is perhaps unsurprisingly the only person listed in this Wikipedia category: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Macedonian_expatriate_sportspeople_in_El_Salvador
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    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    I've said before (maybe only in my mind, but the thought was there), I am happy to go through the bios on the site one day for a subbing check, any typos or stuff that's now out of date. Maybe someone else could offer for DOBs?
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    Inverse Dead Pool 2022

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    Time Added

    Alberto Orzan, Fiorentina captain of the 1950s, dead at 91. Wikipedia says he was the last living player from the second European Cup final, and I don't have the time or energy to doubt that.
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    Dead Pop Stars

    Twitter rumours that Lamont Dozier has bit it:
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    Olivia Newton-John

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    The Dead of 2022

    She's got a lot of form if you google her real name, Lisa Pittaway.
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    Deadpool Detective Work

    The Brazil thing I found particularly confusing: were dog trainers in such demand back in the 1970s that they'd be flown out internationally?
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    FIFA World Cup Players

    Some pretty amazing details deep in that story:
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    Hollywood Possibilities

    Clu Gulager definitely one of my favourite Hollywood names.
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    Death, Italian Style

    Voiceover artist Carlo Bonomi puts the mic down aged 85. He was the original voice of Pingu globally, among others, but for me he'll always be the argot of the mighty La Linea.
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    What's on the Telly?

    Suggest, to get over a possible loophole, that we ban Match of the Day/Monday Night Football-type picks for the next round, lest anyone decides "any sportsman ever" is a valid option.
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    Deadpool Detective Work

    Anyone got any leads (pun not intended) on Dorothy Steves, who was the dog trainer for pretty much every TV show in the UK during the 70s and 80s? Was famous enough at the time to write a best-selling book, but can't see any evidence of her being either alive or carking it over the past 30 years.
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