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Latest News: The Thrill now really is Gone

Picture of B B King 14th May 2015

BB King, legendary bluesman, has passed on at the age of 89 to provide DeathList 2015 with its third success of the year. King started his recording career in 1949 and carried on touring right up to late 2014, releasing more than 50 albums. His most famous songs were “The Thrill is Gone” and “Lucille” (named after his Gibson guitars). In recent months and in declining health, he had been in the news as a result of a legal battle between his children and manager about the care he was receiving. King was making his fourth appearance on DeathList and in 2015 was selected in 22nd place.


The DeathList 2015

The DeathList committee has once again called upon numerous sources of information to compile its list of 50 celebrities that it considers most likely to die in 2015. A quick recap on the DeathList rules: Candidates must be famous enough such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media; Candidates cannot be famous solely for the fact they are likely to die in the near future and only half of the candidates can have appeared on the previous year’s list. DeathList 2014 ended with a disappointing total of 10 successes so we will be looking for DeathList 2015 to show some better form.

The DeathList 2015

1. Zsa Zsa Gabor, 98
2. Sam Simon, 60
3. João Havelange , 99
4. Herman Wouk, 100
5. Billy Graham, 97
6. Olivia De Havilland, 99
7. Javier Perez de Cuellar, 95
8. Denis Healey, 98
9. George Bush Senior, 91
10. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, 94
11. Chris Woodhead, 69
12. Helmut Schmidt, 97
13. Fidel Castro, 89
14. Patrick Macnee, 93
15. Kirk Douglas, 99
16. Clive James, 76
17. Al Molinaro, 96
18. Valerie Harper, 76
19. Maureen O'Hara, 95
20. Martin Crowe, 53
21. Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88
22. B B King, 90
23. Helmut Kohl, 85
24. Leslie Phillips, 91
25. Ken Kercheval, 80
26. Harper Lee, 89
27. Bob Dole, 92
28. Joost van der Westhuizen, 44
29. Doris Day, 93
30. Peter O'Sullevan, 97
31. George Cole, 90
32. Peter Sallis, 94
33. Denis Norden, 93
34. Henry Kissinger, 92
35. Jake Lamotta, 94
36. Cliff Michelmore, 96
37. Leonard Nimoy, 84
38. Nancy Reagan, 94
39. Hosni Mubarak, 87
40. Liz Smith, 94
41. Robert Mugabe, 91
42. Chuck Berry, 89
43. John Nash, 87
44. Richard Adams, 95
45. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, 60
46. Kirk Kerkorian, 98
47. Vera Lynn, 98
48. Christopher Lee, 93
49. Eddie Large, 74
50. Bill Maynard, 87

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