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If we're going to post celebrity deaths on the forum, lets at least have an up to date topic.

Discuss any celebrity deaths in 2024 here.
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Unless it's better to create a 2024 deadpool topic I'm going to place my 10 to die in 2024

1) Queen Camila
2)David Jason
3) Michael Caine
4) Stevie Wonder
5) Keith Richarda
6) Gene Hackman
7) Maggie Smith
8) Tony Blair
9) Billy Connolly
10) Joe Biden
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1) David Attenborough
2) Paul Gascoigne
3) Prunella Scales (the only three from my 2017 list still going)
4) Jimmy Carter
5) Patricia Routledge
6) Dick Van Dyke
7) Bruce Willis
8) Bill Cosby
9) Roberta Flack
10) James Earl Jones
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I still have six from my list:

Michael Schumacher
Cher
Daniel Dennett
Mark Serwotka (some union leader guy)
Brian Blessed
Nigel Farage
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Might as well have a go myself.

Rob Burrow
Jonnie Irwin
Jimmy Carter
Noam Chomsky
Vanessa Redgrave
Esther Rantzen
Glynis Johns
Yoko Ono
Frank Field
Shannen Doherty

I'll be amazed if Dick Van Dyke goes before 100 - he's one of the healthiest 98 year olds I've ever seen! I wouldn't be totally surprised if he's still here in 2030.
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So was my gran. But at 98, the light can shut off at any moment. Would have gone for Doherty over him with a bit more thought though, that's a good pick.
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Mark Deeks wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 11:44 am So was my gran. But at 98, the light can shut off at any moment. Would have gone for Doherty over him with a bit more thought though, that's a good pick.
As undignified as this is I deliberately have avoided picking people who already have a life threatening illness that I am aware of

Its like picking Sheffield United to get relegated or Wayne Rooney to get sacked.by Birmingham City
Stop Press. Too late, Rooney has been sacked
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Mark Deeks wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 11:44 am So was my gran. But at 98, the light can shut off at any moment. Would have gone for Doherty over him with a bit more thought though, that's a good pick.
Tbf, you're not wrong about outward appearance not being the sole predictor. There used to be two guys at my tennis who were regulars. One was in his 70s and was in better shape than most people in their 50s, and the other looked like a sudden gust of wind would take him out. The former had a sudden heart attack and died at 74, the other is still going and is now 84. I'd still be surprised if DVD went this year, though.

Patricia Routledge is a decent pick.
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Marc Meakin wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:18 pm As undignified as this is I deliberately have avoided picking people who already have a life threatening illness that I am aware of
An ideal points system would probably take into account odds of dying (incorporating age and known illnesses) and extra points for the better known they are.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:50 pm An ideal points system would probably take into account odds of dying (incorporating age and known illnesses) and extra points for the better known they are.
I don't think you could really formulate a robust enough system for that. Does the frail 95 year old or the very ill 70 year old have a better chance of dying? How do you grade how ill someone is quantitatively? Is an 80 year old who had a heart attack in 2021 more likely to die than the 85 year old who had a bad fall in 2023?
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Elliott Mellor wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 4:56 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:50 pm An ideal points system would probably take into account odds of dying (incorporating age and known illnesses) and extra points for the better known they are.
I don't think you could really formulate a robust enough system for that. Does the frail 95 year old or the very ill 70 year old have a better chance of dying? How do you grade how ill someone is quantitatively? Is an 80 year old who had a heart attack in 2021 more likely to die than the 85 year old who had a bad fall in 2023?
I wasn't planning on coming up with a system. This was just a hypothetical thing.
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Extra points for anyone under 30
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It's good forum etiquette to say what's behind the link.

Edit - Headline is "Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh dies" btw.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jan 03, 2024 8:38 am It's good forum etiquette to say what's behind the link.

Edit - Headline is "Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh dies" btw.
1) its my version of click bait.
2) What are the chances of me fucking up the spelling of Camila second name
3) At least I didn't say " That colourful woman who was accused of robbing money from kids charity before it went into administration."
Btw no mention of this in obit
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Elliott Mellor wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 4:56 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Jan 02, 2024 1:50 pm An ideal points system would probably take into account odds of dying (incorporating age and known illnesses) and extra points for the better known they are.
I don't think you could really formulate a robust enough system for that. Does the frail 95 year old or the very ill 70 year old have a better chance of dying? How do you grade how ill someone is quantitatively? Is an 80 year old who had a heart attack in 2021 more likely to die than the 85 year old who had a bad fall in 2023?
We could use a free market based system. E.g. I am willing to make a market of 75 'at' 85 that Jimmy Carter dies in 2024. So you can sell 75 to me: this gives you a 75 point profit to you if he lives or a 25 point loss if he dies. Or you can buy 85: so a 15 point profit if he dies or an 85 point loss if he dies. Or you can do nothing. Or you can improve the quote on either or both sides, showing a better bid or better offer. Play money only!
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Marc Meakin wrote: Wed Jan 03, 2024 5:22 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jan 03, 2024 8:38 am It's good forum etiquette to say what's behind the link.

Edit - Headline is "Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh dies" btw.
3) At least I didn't say " That colourful woman who was accused of robbing money from kids charity before it went into administration."
Btw no mention of this in obit
Probably because she was exonerated?
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Ian Volante wrote: Wed Jan 03, 2024 7:39 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: Wed Jan 03, 2024 5:22 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Jan 03, 2024 8:38 am It's good forum etiquette to say what's behind the link.

Edit - Headline is "Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh dies" btw.
3) At least I didn't say " That colourful woman who was accused of robbing money from kids charity before it went into administration."
Btw no mention of this in obit
Probably because she was exonerated?
There's no smoke without orange netting 😊, but yes nothing proven despite, less than extensive investigation
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Glynis Johns dead. My first hit.
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Elliott Mellor wrote: Thu Jan 04, 2024 8:28 pm Glynis Johns dead. My first hit.
Just made 100
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Everyone who posts in this thread, except me, should be ashamed of themselves.
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Don't worry, I've got you covered - I'm ashamed of you.
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David Soul, played Hutch in Starkey and Hutch
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Mon Jan 08, 2024 6:09 pm Franz Beckenbauer
Der Kaiser, probably a better defender than Bobby Moore.
Maybe an unpopular opinion
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JPR RIP
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Strong start to 2024.
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Mark Deeks wrote: Mon Jan 08, 2024 9:30 pm Strong start to 2024.
Not only the famous, too many friends already this year! :(
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Sorry to hear that!
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Annie Nightingale, 83. RIP
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Jonnie Irwin (who I believe Elliott picked) and Carl Weathers have died.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Fri Feb 02, 2024 9:06 pm Jonnie Irwin ( who I believe Elliott picked) and Carl Weathers have died.
Yep, second hit for me. A sad end, but he did seem to really try to make the most of the time he had left.
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Ian Lavender RIP
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Wow. That's Dad's Army gone then. I was hoping for another 20 years.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 2:30 pm Wow. That's Dad's Army gone then. I was hoping for another 20 years.
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I think I might have backed the wrong horse
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As I put in the athletics thread, Kelvin Kiptum.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-68287707

Steve Wright - was definitely the DJ of my generation - loved listening to him radio 1 and 2.
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Genuinely shocked and upset about this.
RIP Steve Wright a legend of radio 1 and 2
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I've always thought of him as Mr. TOTP2.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Feb 14, 2024 4:05 pm I've always thought of him as Mr. TOTP2.
That too but I remember Ask Elvis. and Gervaisse as two of the best characters in his afternoon show on Radio one in the early 90s
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Ewen MacIntosh - aka Keith from The Office! Also one of the Strictly Come Dancing dancers died yesterday I think. *checks* Yeah, Robin Windsor. Wasn't aware of him myself but some of you probably were.
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Fred Elliott from Corrie has died, I say Fred Elliott from Corrie has died.
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Marc Meakin wrote: Fri Feb 23, 2024 2:29 pm Fred Elliott from Corrie has died, I say Fred Elliott from Corrie has died.
RIP
I should have said played by John Savident, I say John Savident 86 RIP
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Wilson Fittipaldi died the other day by the way. He was the brother of F1 champion Emerson, but also a driver and team owner in his own right.
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Richard Lewis. I know him mainly from Curb Your Enthusiasm so quite a shocker. I always thought at the beginning of Curb he looked younger than Larry David, but Larry stayed the same age, whereas Richard aged terribly and was way older looking than Larry later on.
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Very sad about Richard Lewis.
Didnt really know him before Curb but like with Bob Einstein (Funkhouser) I have since checked out his stand up and he was a very funny guy
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Countdown guest Dave Myers, age 66. RIP.
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Paul Worsley wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 11:56 am Countdown guest Dave Myers, age 66. RIP.
The hairy biker?
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Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 1:08 pm
Paul Worsley wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 11:56 am Countdown guest Dave Myers, age 66. RIP.
The hairy biker?
Yes
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Paul Worsley wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 1:35 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 1:08 pm
Paul Worsley wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 11:56 am Countdown guest Dave Myers, age 66. RIP.
The hairy biker?
Yes
So now we have one hairy biker and one fat lady.
Maybe they should team up
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I thought both fat ladies died.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 9:38 pm I thought both fat ladies died.
Oh yeah I was thinking of Rosemary Shrager.

Who is a cook and a lady, also fat and still alive
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Tony Green passed away today at 85. Legendary darts commentator and scorer who made a terrific double act with the late, great Jim Bowen on Bullseye. Sad to learn this after recently watching it on YouTube again.
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Most here will need to Google but one of my favourite singers of the 70s, Steve Harley has passed away
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Peter Higgs, of Higgs boson fame.
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Gavin Chipper wrote: Tue Apr 09, 2024 8:35 pm Peter Higgs, of Higgs boson fame.
He coined the phrase "god particle"
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O J Simpson
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Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Apr 11, 2024 4:09 pm O J Simpson
bye felicia
I'm not dead yet. In a rut right now because of stress from work. I'll be back later in S89. I also plan to bring back the Mastergram - if I can find a way to run a timer or clock through pure MediaWiki without having to upload to Vimeo every time.
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Johnny Canuck wrote: Thu Apr 11, 2024 10:41 pm
Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Apr 11, 2024 4:09 pm O J Simpson
bye felicia
At least he can rest in peace knowing his wife's killer is dead
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