UPDATE: December 19 – Kim Jong-il (69), arguably the Greatest Leader ever. Dead. +31 points for me, FINALLY!!
UPDATE: July 23 – Amy Winehouse (27), arguably the biggest relevant celebrities to go down this year. Major points.
As of June 2011, its been a SLOOOOW year for celebrity deaths. However, June through August always seems to be a hotbed of deathly activities. This year so far has claimed some big names such as Liz Taylor, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jeff Conaway. If you picked 1/3 you would be in good shape right now. I almost hit the jackpot this week when Snooki crashed a car in Italy, but alas, she still remains. I’m hoping to finish this year strong despite a slow start.
For a recap, if you were in a Celebrity Death Pool in 2010, there were a few obvious deaths and a few shockers, but if you picked some wild card, chances are you pulled out a win in your league. Some of the more obvious deaths this year:
- Rue McClanahan (you pretty much have to pick a Golden Girl every year right?)
- Corey Haim (again, no-brainer.. when you turn down “celebrity rehab” you are pretty much asking for it)
- Gary Coleman (absolute shit-show his whole life, but was a bit of a shocker)
- Greg Giraldo (do I have to make a comment?)
- Elizabeth Edwards (ex-wives getting cancer.. always a trendy pick)
- Levi Strauss, Jimmy Dean, & JD Salinger (all old as shit)
If you had Corey Haim, Gary Coleman, and/or Greg Giraldo you scored some pretty good points. As for some unexpected deaths there were: “Captain” Phil Harris from Deadliest Catch, Teddy Pendergrass, Ronnie James Dio, Leslie Nielsen, Tony Curtis, George Steinbrenner, and Dennis Hopper.. although the last four would have scored under 25 points.
So if you want to get in on the pool, here’s the deal. My favorite comedian Doug Stanhope set out the rules: 20 picks, 100 pts for a correct pick minus their age. I added a wildcard pick for 25 extra bonus points too (can’t be someone who is known to be sick). So for example, if Justin Bieber dies it would be (100 – 16 = 84 points). If you aren’t good at pools here’s a few helpful tips: its never in bad taste to pick a remaining Beetle/Golden Girl/ex-President/ex-world leader/celebrity with a drug problem. Also, its good to pick at least one young’n for a high-risk/high-reward pick. Feel free to post your own list or steal some from me but here are my ‘official’ picks for 2011:
- Michael Douglas
- Betty White
- Joan Rivers
- Corey Feldman (sorry other Corey)
Kim Jong-Il (+31 Points)
- Dick Cheney
- Tom Jones (the singer)
- David Copperfield
- Dr. Ruth
- Roy Horn (of Sigfried & Roy)
- Aretha Franklin
- Carrot Top
- Eddie Van Halen
- Keith Richards
- Gary Busey
- Courtney Love
- Whitney Houston
- Nick Nolte
- Iggy Pop
- *Wildcard* Penn Jillette