Friday, June 26, 2009

Dead pool activity heating up as celebrities start dropping

The death of pop singer Michael Jackson on Thursday was the latest in a bunch of big-name celebrity deaths in recent weeks.
First, actor David Carradine (“Kung Fu” and “Kill Bill”) died in Thailand on June 4 of an accidental hanging or suicide. Then, TV host Ed McMahon passed away on June 23. Actress and 1970s sex symbol Farrah Fawcett died after a long battle with cancer June 25. Later that same day, Jackson died.
Until this month, 2009 had been rather uneventful for celebrity deaths. Mostly B-listers passed on (Dom DeLuise, Bea Arthur), but few big household names.
Some lucky contestants in online dead pools benefitted from the untimely demise of these celebrities and other public figures. With 2009 nearly at the midpoint, it’s time to check in on the most prominent dead pools to see how prescient their contestants were.
Let’s start with, which is known for making light of celebrity deaths. (Ed McMahon: “Heeeeeeeeeeere’s Eternity!” and King of Pop Michael Jackson: “He touched so many ...”)
Two contestants are tied for first place. Both picked Fawcett and one picked Jackson among their selections.
At, a player known as the Grim Reaper is leading with a score of 128 and three deaths (Fawcett, basketball player Wayman Tisdale, and North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach Kay Yow).

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