The Celebrity Death Pool 2004

1 Julia Child
2 Fidel Castro
3 Betty White
4 Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5 Charles Nelson Reilly
6 Stephen Hawking
7 Luther Vandross
8 Elizabeth Taylor
10 Ron Santo
11 Pope John Paul II
12 George Jones
13 Tara Reid

Lots of old people
Peter Falk - b. 16 Sep 1927
Angela Lansbury - b. 16 Oct 1925
Ernest Borgnine - b. 24 Jan 1917
Dom DeLuise - b. 1 Aug 1933
Jerry Lewis - b. 16 Mar 1926
Richard Pryor - b. 1 Dec 1940
Charles Manson - b. 12 Nov 1934
Don Adams - b. 13 Apr 1923
Lee Radziwill - b. 3 Mar 1933
Edward Gough Whitlam (former Australian PM) - b. 11 July 1916
and three wildcards…
Paris Hilton - b. 17 Feb 1981
Ewan McGregor - b. 31 Mar 1971
Ryan Phillipe - b. 10 Sep 1974

And I hope they all stay healthy and breathing throughout 2004!

  1. Ronald Regan
  2. Roy from Sigfried & Roy
  3. The Pope
  4. Peter Ustinov
  5. Angela Lansbury
  6. Eminem
  7. John Travolta
  8. Charlton Heston
  9. Peter Jackson (long shot)
  10. Andy Rooney
  11. the Emperor of Japan
  12. David Brinkley
  13. Walter Cronkite (I thought he was already dead, actually)

And, if any of the above are ineligible:
Don Ho

I don’t think either of them are still dating, but whatever floats yer boat. :smiley:

I’ll stick with Mr. Landau for 27 points.

Nobody answered my question about Lee Boyd Malvo. I verified that he’s 18 (most sites are reporting that his birthday is Feb. 18, 1985), but what happens to my pick if he gets the death sentence later (and it’s carried out next year)? Sick, I know.

Andy Rooney is a 60 Minutes commentator. Mickey Rooney played Andy Hardy in films. Which did you want?

Ataraxy: You skipped #9, and thus get one more name.

Nightsky: Apparently you missed the announcement of Mr. Brinkley’s passing in June.

I’ll be submitting a list later, but I’m about to log off and head for church, where I will assuredly not be praying for anybody’s demise.

I feel a little guilty about this but, lately, a few people have said i need to lighten up, so here we go…

First two that came to mind and therefore get their own category:

  1. Michael Jackson (suicide, not murder/suicide)
  2. Pope John Paul II

Sports tragedies:
3. Mike Metzger (freestyle motocross, I love the guy but I think he pushes himself a little too hard)
4. LaVar Arrington (I think he runs into someone head first and breaks his neck. He seems to go awefully hard)
5. Eric Lindros (For a long time he was my favorite player. His production has faded so he’s not so much anymore. I worry about his head)

Actors who have lead a full life:
6. Rodney Dangerfield
7. Kirk Douglas

8. Yassar Arafat (that whole situation won’t end well, actually, it probably won’t end)
9. Mohammed Khatami (I think something’ll happen over there in 2004)

Lives cut well short not related to sports:
10. Corey Haim
11. Robert Downey Jr.
12. Kieran Culkin (He’s a talented young actor and was in my favorite movie of the last 4 or 5 years. I saw him on Jimmy Kimmel and something seemed off)
13. Brad Delson (Linkin Park - I always worry about people who become really famous really fast)

Here we go again:

  1. Don Adams (actor, Maxwell Smart)
  2. Ronald Reagan (US president)
  3. Carol Burnett (TV comedian)
  4. Marlon Brando (actor)
  5. Kirk Douglas (actor)
  6. The Pope (pontiff)
  7. Abe Vigoda (actor)
  8. Harrison Ford (actor)
  9. Fay Wray (actress)
    10 Don Knotts (actor)
  10. Johnny Carson (TV host)
  11. Rodney Dangerfield (comedian)
  12. Francis Ford Coppola (movie director/producer)
  1. Merle Haggard

All are fated to succumb to old age/infirmity/disease unless otherwise noted:

Four-foot putts

  1. Pope John Paul II
  2. Cyd Charisse
  3. Ronald Reagan
  4. Jane Wyman
  5. Rosa Parks

Swinging for the fences
6. Fred Phelps, violence
7. Richard Ebert
8. Maria Shriver
9. Marion “Suge” Knight, violence

Hails Mary
10. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR driver), accident
11. Ruben Studdard
12. Keanu Reeves, accident
13. Edward Furlong accident

Ugh, how morbid. How insensitive. How disgusting.

How FUN! :smiley:


  1. Pope John Paul II
  2. Bob Barker (COME ON DOOOWNN!)
  3. Michael Jackson
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  5. Gary Coleman
  6. Drew Barrymore (What a pity. But she DOES share my birthday.)

7. Jennifer Lopez (Jenny from the effin Block)
8. Ben Affleck (Poor man.)
9. Osama Bin Laden (Hey, I think EVERYONE’S wishing for this one)
10. Saddam Hussein (Ditto)
11. Harper Lee
12. Gwyneth Paltrow

Hm. I have a feeling that one of the Friends characters may die soon, so I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say…

  1. Matthew Perry (Could he BE more dead?)
  1. Pope John Paul II (Has he NOT been picked by anyone?)
  2. Ronald Reagan (entertainer)
  3. Jimmy Kimmel (entertainer)
  4. Dick Cheney (politician)
  5. Ian McKellen (actor)
  6. Ray Davies (lead singer of the Kinks)
  7. Allan Iverson (basketball player)
  8. Sammy Baugh (former NFL quarterback)
  9. Elton John (entertainer)
  10. Kenneth Starr (political type guy)
  11. Charo (entertainer)
  12. Robert Mugabe (leader of Zimbabwe)
  13. Pat Summerall (former football announcer)

What the heck, I’ll give this a shot.


  1. Ronald Reagan
  2. Pope John Paul II (tho’ I’ll sad when it happens)
  3. Fidel Castro
  4. Lady Bird Johnson

5. Michael Jackson (suicide)
6. George W. Bush (assassination)
7. Suge Knight (gunfight)

8. Dick Cheney (heart trouble)
9. Ted Kennedy (morbid obesity)
10. Roy Horn from “Seigfried & Roy”

11. Quentin Tarantino (drug-related)
12. Camilla-Parker Bowles’ ex-husband (suspicious accident)
13. Tom Green (stupid stunt gone wrong)

I’ll be sad when the Pope dies, I mean :smack:

I’m so going to win:

Ronald Reagan
Saddam Hussein
Little Richard
Mike Tyson
Gerald Ford
Pope JP2
Boris Yeltsin
Nelson Mandela
Scott Weiland
50 Cent
Johnny Carson
Michael J. Fox
Charlton Heston

Horseflesh, yer a hoot.

I think your question is answered in Rule #7. Malvo would only be invalid if he dies by execution. If he is executed in 2005, that’s a new game.

Sternvogel, good call! Nightsky, I will replace Brinkley with Don Ho unless you make a change.

Diceman, you got a name for Camilla’s ex? (She hasn’t got more than one, has she?)

Ah, but rule #7 states “Persons under sentence of death…” Malvo hadn’t been sentenced by the time I picked him (don’t know if he is yet or not). Hey, I’m just trying to score some easy points here.

You might also argue that Saddam and Osama are under “sentences of death”, just not from the US judicial system.

I’m not sure if I understand what you’re asking, but he is valid for points regardless of when or whether he is sentenced to death, as long as he dies in calendar year 2004, by any means other than official execution. I suppose if he were sentenced to death, he would appeal, and that would stay his execution through 2004 anyway.

I see what you’re saying about Saddam and Osama, but I don’t consider them under Rule #7 here.

Hey a35362 – any chance you could spread-sheet this to show number of “hits” each person named is getting? I assume JP2 is at the top of the list, followed by Reagan – who are the others making lots of lists?

(I don’t know if it would affect people’s entries, so it might be a good idea to wait until after 1/1 to post such a spreadsheet, should you want to do one…)

twicks, always ready to suggest work for other people to do

:o Mickey then. Sorry about that.

Er…he’s not dead yet, is he?

Small hijack: Did anyone have Ozzy Osbourne on their list? He came close, and 2003 ain’t quite over yet.