People who are likely to die soon

It may sound ghoulish, but "death pools" are an increasingly popular form of online betting. Put simply, people place bets on which famous guy will die next. Stiffs.com is the largest death pool site on the net, with over a thousand players competing every year.

If you have a morbid fascination in predicting who will die in the coming year, you may want to check out the names of the people who've received the greatest number of bets placed on their heads. The stiffs.com folks have a fairly high accuracy overall. In the eight years they've done the pool the most popular guy has died five times (the two exceptions being 2001 and 2000, when they expected Bob Hope to die).

If a name is highlighted in black, that means the person in question died that year. It should not be taken for granted that a person whose name appears in pink is still alive today. All it means is that person did not die during the year predicted.


PICKS FOR 2012

rank Name occupation
1
Zsa Zsa Gabor socialite
2
Etta James (1938-2012) singer
3
Billy Graham evangelical preacher
4
Abdelbaset Al Megrahi terrorist responsible for Lockerbie bombing
5
Kirk Douglas actor
6
Robin Gibb musician
7
Ronnie Biggs British convict from the "Great Train Robbery"
8
Gary Carter (1954-2012) baseball player
9
Penny Marshall dictator of Cuba
10
Fidel Castro dictator of Cuba

PICKS FOR 2011

rank Name occupation
1
Zsa Zsa Gabor socialite
2
Aretha Franklin singer
3
Michael Douglas actor
4
Billy Graham evangelical preacher
5
Delores Hope (1909-2011) widow of Bob Hope
6
Kirk Douglas actor
7
Ronnie Biggs British convict from the "Great Train Robbery"
8
Fidel Castro dictator of Cuba
9
Betty Ford (1918-2011) former first lady
10
Abdelbaset Al Megrahi terrorist responsible for Lockerbie bombing

PICKS FOR 2010

rank Name occupation
1
Billy Graham evangelical preacher
2
Fidel Castro dictator of Cuba
3
John Wooden (1910-2010) basketball coach
4
Zsa Zsa Gabor socialite
5
Chemical Ali (1941-2010) Iraqi war criminal
6
Ronnie Biggs British convict from the "Great Train Robbery"
7
Ernie Harwell (1918-2010) sports announcer
8
Seve Ballesteros golfer
9
Robert Byrd (1917-2010.) US senator
10
Art Linkletter (1912-2010) TV host

PICKS FOR 2009

rank Name occupation
1
Ted Kennedy (1932-2009) US senator
2
Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) actor
3
Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-2009) philosopher, writer
4
Fidel Castro dictator of Cuba
5
Chemical Ali Iraqi war criminal
6
Billy Graham evangelical preacher
7
Ariel Sharon former Israeli prime minister
8
Eunice Shriver (1921-2009) Kennedy family matriarch
9
Bob Novak (1931-2009) conservative commentator
10
Zsa Zsa Gabor socialite

PICKS FOR 2008

rank Name occupation
1
Fidel Castro dictator of Cuba
2
Ariel Sharon former Israeli prime minister
3
Chemical Ali Iraqi war criminal
4
Billy Graham evangelical preacher
5
Claude Levi-Strauss philosopher, writer
6
Eunice Shriver Kennedy family matriarch
7
Farrah Fawcett actress
8
Zsa Zsa Gabor socialite
9
Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008) actress
10
Jack Kevorkian euthanasia activist

PICKS FOR 2007

rank Name occupation
1
Brooke Astor (r.i.p.) socialite, heiress of Astor fortune
2
Fidel Castro dictator of Cuba
3
Lady Bird Johnson (r.i.p.) former US first lady
4
Tammy Faye Messner (r.i.p.) televangelist
5
Ariel Sharon former Israeli prime minister
6
Billy Graham evangelical preacher
7
Ronnie Biggs British convict from the "Great Train Robbery"
8
Harold Pinter playwright
9
Claude Levi-Strauss philosopher, writer
10
W. Mark Felt FBI whistle-blower, aka "Deep Throat"

PICKS FOR 2006

rank Name occupation
1
Brooke Astor socialite, heiress of Astor fortune
2
Lady Bird Johnson former US first lady
3
Gerald Ford (r.i.p.) former US President
4
Lou Rawls (r.i.p.) jazz / blues singer
5
Ronnie Biggs British convict from the "Great Train Robbery"
6
Oriana Fallaci (r.i.p.) Italian journalist
7
John Kenneth Galbraith (r.i.p.) economist, White House advisor, ambassador
8
Billy Graham evangelical preacher
9
Augusto Pinochet former dictator of Chile
10
Al Lewis (r.i.p.) former actor from The Munsters

PICKS FOR 2005

rank Name occupation
1
John Paul II (1920-2005) Pope
2
Lady Bird Johnson former US first lady
3
William Rehnquist (1924-2005) US Chief Justice
4
Max Schmeling (1905-2005) former German boxer
5
Brooke Astor socialite, heiress of Astor fortune
6
Ronnie Biggs British convict from the "Great Train Robbery"
7
James Doohan (1920-2005) former Star Trek actor
8
Gerald Ford former US President
9
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) civil rights activist
10
Eddie Albert (1906-2005) former actor

PICKS FOR 2004

rank Name occupation
1
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) former US President
2
John Paul II Pope
3
Johnny Oates (1946-2004) former MLB player, manager
4
Fay Wray (1907-2004) former actress, star of King Kong
5
Lady Bird Johnson former US first lady
6
Barney Kessel (1923-2004) jazz musician
7
Max Schmeling former German boxer
8
Ronnie Biggs British convict from the "Great Train Robbery"
9
Brooke Astor socialite, heiress of Astor fortune
10
Eddie Albert former actor

PICKS FOR 2003

rank Name occupation
1
Warren Zevon (1947-2003) musician
2
Bob Hope (1903-2003) entertainer
3
Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) US senator
4
Ronald Reagan former US President
5
John Paul II Pope
6
Lester Maddox (1915-2003) former Governor of Georgia
7
Johnny Oates former MLB player, manager
8
Madame Chiang Kai Shek (1898-2003) former Chinese first lady
9
Lady Bird Johnson former US first lady
10
Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003) former Hollywood actress

PICKS FOR 2002

rank Name occupation
1
John Gotti (1940-2002) Mafia leader
2
Bob Hope entertainer
3
Strom Thurmond US senator
4
Osama Bin Laden terrorist leader
5
The Queen Mother (1900-2002) former British queen
6
Ronald Reagan former US President
7
Lester Maddox former Governor of Georgia
8
John Paul II Pope
9
Bob Hayes (1942-2002) former football player
10
Dudley Moore (1935-2002) actor

PICKS FOR 2001

rank Name occupation
1
Bob Hope entertainer
2
Ronald Reagan former US President
3
John Paul II Pope
4
Strom Thurmond US senator
5
Dudley Moore actor
6
The Queen Mother former British queen
7
Al McGuire (1928-2001) former basketball coach
8
Madame Chiang Kai Shek former Chinese first lady
9
John Gotti Mafia leader
10
Katherine Hepburn former Hollywood actress

PICKS FOR 2000

rank Name occupation
1
Bob Hope entertainer
2
Ronald Reagan former US President
3
John Paul II Pope
4
Boris Yeltsin former President of Russia
5
Charles Schulz (1922-2000) "Peanuts" cartoonist
6
Strom Thurmond US senator
7
Tom Landry (1924-2000) former football coach
8
Katherine Hepburn former Hollywood actress
9
Dudley Moore actor
10
The Queen Mother former British queen

PICKS FOR 1999

rank Name occupation
1
Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999) former baseball player
2
Bob Hope entertainer
3
Boris Yeltsin former President of Russia
4
John Paul II Pope
5
Katherine Hepburn former Hollywood actress
6
Senor Wenees (1896-1999) ventriloquist
7
Strom Thurmond US senator
8
Ronald Reagan former US President
9
The Queen Mother former British queen
10
Buddy Ebsen former "Beverly Hillbillies" star

PICKS FOR 1998

rank Name occupation
1
Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) musician
2
Bob Hope entertainer
3
James Earl Ray (1928-1998) assasin of Martin Luther King Jr.
4
Strom Thurmond US senator
5
Katherine Hepburn former Hollywood actress
6
John Paul II Pope
7
Boris Yeltsin former President of Russia
8
Ronald Reagan former US President
9
The Queen Mother former British queen
10
Richard Harris actor

 

PEOPLE WHOSE IMMINENT DEATHS HAVE BEEN THE MOST ANTICIPATED:

rank Name record age at death
1
John Paul II (1920-2005) predicted for 8 straight years 83
2
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) predicted for 7 straight years 93
3
Bob Hope (1903-2003) predicted for 6 straight years 100
Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) 100
4
Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007) predicted for 5 straight years 94
The Queen Mother (1900-2002) -
Fidel Castro 101
5
Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003) predicted for 4 straight years plus 1 96