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    Olivia Newton-John

    Her breast cancer has returned and it has spread: http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/olivia-newton-john-breast-cancer-10530974 (Yes, getting there before Gooseberry Crumble does it.)
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    Alex Trebek

    Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy has stage IV pancreatic cancer:
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    Macaulay Culkin

    I just read that his father, Kit Culkin, had a stroke recently. Wikipedia says that his current whereabouts are unknown. Here's a picture from 2016: Edit: TMZ had a stroke in 2014. But the ...uh... comment on a blog I just read said "recently". So maybe two strokes or it's the same one.
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    Death By Numbers 2019

    Lol, sorry, you had the unqiue hit with Ershad, but I was too lazy to look up his first name, so I thought I just add his function.... ok, now I guess I better look it up... former president of Bangladesh Ershad.
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    Death By Numbers 2019

    Hello Everyone, after Phantom of the Midway's year of professional high-quality hosting it is now me who is going to handle this massive deadpool that we all love just BECAUSE it is so big. Here is where you can dump all the rare names you had no use for and then pat yourself on the back for finding them. The general rules: Send me 50 main team names by pm or just post them in this thread, if you want, from right now until Dec 31st 2018, 23:59 GMT - preferably alphabetically. You can choose one joker with double points - and you can also submit up to five substitutes in case one of your 50 dies before the end of the submission window. You may also choose new subs before the game starts if they die. The scoring rule is slightly changed to make room for the people of the 21st century. Instead of the last two digits of the year of birth (i.e. 1934 = 34 points), we will now have the scoring rule [year of birth] - 1900 = score. So someone born in 2000 will get 100 points in case of death, instead of the "00" under the old rule. Every other year of birth sees no difference. You may submit the following people: living, not having set a precise date of death (by execution, dignitas, or whatever), at least 18 years old on January 1st 2019, and being somewhat notable. "Somewhat notable" means: they should at least be notable for something else aside from being terminally ill. "Something else" being something that has an effect on society. Terminally ill activists are okay if they've done at least something generally beneficial, a campaign, a book, a court case, or fundraising that might affect other people. If they're only in the news because of their tragedy or because they need our sympathy I will not accept them. So no "cancer mums with cancer kids", no "terminally ill fans", no "ordinary person in a coma because of a car crash". This also counts for brothers/sisters/children of notable people - unless they are so notable that every relative is also notable by default, like the House of Windsor, or maybe the Bush family. Unfortunately, it is me who will decide if the person is famous enough. Previous BBC coverage in whatever form will convince me. Substitution phase: On the 1st of July 2019 GMT you may switch 5 old people for 5 new ones for whom all the above rules also apply. When is a hit a hit: If the person permanently dies in 2019 (GMT!) and their death gets noticed in written form by qualifying media outlets within 2019 or the first seven days of 2020. The qualifying media outlets, i.e. QO rules are as such: Everything accepted by the Derby Dead Pool 2019 plus The New York Times. Your host: I will also submit a team and will do so two posts below, quickly after this post. I will hide the names with "XXXXX XXXXX" and reveal them on January 1st. I will not make use of the mid-year substitution. I will not read your submission emails until January 1st (I think you can check that) to prevent the impression that I might take a name from your posts for other deadpools. This also means that I might discuss borderline acceptable picks with you on January 1st or 2nd. We will have to talk then. If you're unavailable I might simply replace an unqualifying name with one of your substitutions. If you post your team right in this thread, you save me some work but also give away names. If you pm me, please make sure that I know what the mail is about in the header "Death By Numbers", "Team submission" or something like that. If you have other questions, you can also ask in this thread! Entrants: 1. Your host 2. markb4 3. theoldlady 4. The mad hatter 5. Yorkshire Banker 6. Bibliogryphon 7. YoungWillz 8. The Unknown Man 9. The Quim Reaper 10. The old crem 11. Deathray 12. Banana 13. Skinny Kiltrunner 14. msc 15. drol 16. Gooseberry Crumble 17. Cpt Chorizo 18. Sir Creep 19. Book 20. Clorox Bleachman 21. Joey Russ 22. Prophet 23. John Key 24. GraveDanger 25. Grim Up North 26. Phantom of the Midway 27. Death Impends 28. Fixed Business 29. Pedro67 30. DevonDeathTrip
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    Death By Numbers 2019

    Hers's a quick update: The first subs have scored, especially Michael Sleggs, but also Johnny Clegg (sub for some, main for others), and Tunisia's former president of Bangladesh Ershad. Plus, we also had hits with John Paul Stevens and Denise Nickerson, a unique hit for Banana who is the big winner of this update with 3 hits. Of course, Michael Sleggs also leads to the expected change at the top in favor of Death Impends: Rank Team name Points 1 Death Impends 1091 2 GCReptile 1028 3 Clorox Bleachman 1015 4 Banana 924 4 Cpt Chorizo 924 6 Joey Russ 895 7 Devon Death Trip 832 8 Skinny Kiltrunner 786 9 Phantom of the Midway 778 10 drol 761 11 Grim Up North 749 12 msc 743 13 Sir Creep 631 14 Book 384 15 Yorkshire Banker 310 16 YoungWillz 297 17 John Key 268 18 Prophet 249 19 Fixed Business 244 20 The mad hatter 237 21 The Unknown Man 208 22 Grave Danger 205 23 markb4 192 24 theoldlady 174 25 Gooseberry Crumble 157 26 Deathray 150 27 Pedro 67 140 28 The old crem 133 29 The Quim Reaper 126 30 Bibliogryphon 41
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    Foreign Personalities, From Stage, Screen, Politics And Life

    She even gets a BBC obit: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49056791
  8. There's no recent death or news item to create this thread, but there are a couple of really old, really rich people worth watching: Warren Buffett, 83, 4th richest person alive, has been in the news for choosing his successor at Berkshire Hathaway. Charles and David Koch, 78 and 74, 6th richest people alive, CEOs of Koch Industries, have massively funded conservative politicians in favor of fossil fuels. Bernie Ecclestone, 83, under corruption charges and threatened as boss of Formula 1 racing. George Soros, 83, 26th richest person alive, massive supporter of The Democratic Party, doesn't look too healthy but there are no bad news so far. Ingvar Kamprad, 88, Founder of IKEA, very secretive. DEAD Sheldon Adelson, 80, Las Vegas casino magnate, another guy who spends millions of dollars on politicians to ensure that society will go on in a way he thinks is best even after his death Karl Albrecht, 94, 23rd richest person alive, Germany's richest guy and co-founder of ALDI, his brother died last year. When will it be his turn? DEAD Liliane Bettencourt, 91, 11th richest person alive and richest french person, owner of L'Oreal, was involved in a corruption scandal and legal trouble with her daughter. DEAD Also worth watching: The Walton Family, owners of Wal-Mart and maybe even Bill Gates who is still only 58, but looks much older, in my opinion.
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    FIFA World Cup Players

    In bad condition after brain surgery to get out "the puss and blood": https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/ex-albiceleste-coach-carlos-bilardo-in-a-serious-condition-after-brain-surgery.phtml
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    American Football Players

    Superbowl winner Mitch Petrus, of the New Yorg Giants, dies at 32 after a heatstroke: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mitch-petrus-died-former-new-york-giants-lineman-dead-age-32-cause-of-death-heat-stroke-2019-07-19/
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    Cartoonists And Animators

    Guess they now need Kyoto reanimation.
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    Stairway To Heaven/ Highway To Hell

    Australien Metal legend (?) Lochlan Watt has brain cancer: https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/gofundme-campaign-launched-to-help-aussie-metal-icon-lochlan-watt-beat-brain-cancer/
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    Alt Obituaries Deadpool

    More statistics: The birthday problem (check Wikipedia). If you decide for an "old people strategy" you should REALLY know how to pick them. I would think that the chance of a daily double is about the same as the "birthday problem", i.e. how many people need to be in a room so that the chance of a matching birthday between two of them starts to exceed 50%? The answer is 23. Replace birthday with date of death and you need 23 hits to have at least 50% chance of getting a daily double. A daily double is worth 10pts. So with a probability of 50% it's a statistical bonus of 5pts. That's nothing in this game. You're far better of getting a few riskier but younger picks.
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    Alt Obituaries Deadpool

    Yeah, last year I did well in the hit front with some old and easy pickings but in the overall score I was hopelessly behind. This pool punishes more for age than the Death By Numbers which punishes more for age than the DDP. In this pool, a 20-29 year old person is worth 11 nonagenarians. (In DbN it's about 5 times, in the DDP just 2,4 times.)
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    The 7th Death of 2019

    Gorbachev again
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    50. Johnny Clegg

    Kind of a lazy hit by the committee. He wasn't exactly their kind of celebrity, so they put him only at nr. 50. Still, good for them to change their ways. Sadly, I never listened to Mr. Clegg's music. Maybe I'll change that tonight. RIP
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    Death By Numbers 2019

    Clegg might well be one of the most inconsequential deaths in deadpooling ever. Though Blanco will be similar.
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    5. Leah Bracknell

    The Express and their clickbait Bracknell health updates https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1153655/Leah-Bracknell-health-update-Emmerdale-Zoe-Tate-blog-cancer-news-lung-cancer "Time is running out" she says in the headline. But read the article (or her Instagram) and she's actually talking about the climate!
  19. New documentary on David Crosby's life, here's an article with lots of health statements: https://www.wsj.com/articles/david-crosby-is-making-songs-as-he-faces-the-end-11562385662 "Because I'm going to die" “I have eight stents in my heart, and I’m going to have a heart attack in the next year or two, and that’ll be it,” he says. “I’m trying to get the music out of my head first.” "Early in the new documentary movie “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” the musician says flatly that he is afraid of dying after battling hepatitis C, receiving a liver transplant and now struggling with diabetes, on top of his cardiac issues."
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    Australian radio "star" Howard Sattler doesn't have long to live: https://thewest.com.au/politics/federal-politics/terminally-ill-radio-star-howard-sattler-urges-support-for-voluntary-euthanasia-laws-ng-b881259562z (mostly behind paywall)
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    Winter Olympic Deaths

    Sepp Haidacher, coach of the "Cool Runnings" Jamaican bobsleigh team, has died: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1082035/cool-runnings-coach-dies-at-age-of-78 His role was, somewhat inadequately, portrayed by John Candy in the movie.
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    Cartoonists And Animators

    Pure talent
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    Andrew Graham-Yooll, apparently a hero in Argentina for his investigative reporting on Argentina's "disappeared" dead at 75: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-48948853
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    The Fringes Of Fame/family Of The Famous

    Zinedine Zidane's brother Farid dies unexpectedly at 54: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/9500457/zinedine-zidane-brother-farid-dies-real-madrid/

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