Friday, January 1, 2010

10 people who are predicted to die in 2010

The wagers are in and Billy Graham is the odds-on favorite to die this year.
The 91-year-old Christian evangelist ranks No. 1 with players in this year’s dead pool contest. Following close behind is Cuban leader Fidel Castro, 83.
Both men were on last year’s top 10 picks list, but have moved up. Graham was ranked No. 6 last year and Castro No. 4. Graham has been on the top 10 most likely to die list for five straight years. Castro has made the list four years in a row. Eventually the dead pool players will be right.
Five of last year's top 10 picks croaked, including U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, actor Patrick Swayze, anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, politico Eunice Shriver and columnist Bob Novak.
Contestants in the dead pool pick 10 public figures they think are likely to die in the year ahead. Players list the people in order of certainty, with the one they think is most likely to die in the No. 1 position. Points are awarded according to position.

Top 10 picks in the 2010 dead pool
  1. Billy Graham, 91, Christian evangelist

  2. Fidel Castro, 83, Cuban leader

  3. John Wooden, 99, basketball coach

  4. Zsa Zsa Gabor, 92, actress

  5. Chemical Ali, 68, former Iraqi minister awaiting death sentence for war crimes

  6. Ronnie Biggs, 80, British criminal famous for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963

  7. Ernie Harwell, 91, American sportscaster

  8. Seve Ballesteros, 52, professional golfer

  9. Robert Byrd, 92, U.S. senator from West Virginia

  10. Art Linkletter, 97, radio and TV personality

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