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The Rebel Forum 2020 Celebrity Death Pool


Back for its 17th year ()! We're keeping the full set of rules for the sake of any newcomers:

"What's a celebrity death pool?", you ask... Simple, just make two lists of celebrities* that you think will kick the bucket, buy the farm, cash in their chips (a.k.a. DIE) in the coming year, 1/1/2020-12/31/2020 11:59pm in the city in which the celebrity passes. Your first list should have 15 celebrities of any age, and your second list should have 5 celebrities under age 50 (as of 1/1/2020)... we'll call these your "tragedy picks".

Number the lists from #1-15 and #1-5, with #1 being who you feel is most likely to die, and so on down the line. As the obits roll in, you will score 15 points if your #1 pick dies, decreasing down to 1 point for your #15 pick. The tragedy picks have higher scores... #1 will be worth 20 points, #2 will be worth 16 points, #3 will be worth 12 points, #4 will be worth 8 points, and #5 will be worth 4 points. They don't have to die in a tragic way, we just refer to them as tragedy picks since, unlike many of your other selections, they aren't being picked largely for being old and decrepit. Also, there is nothing keeping you from putting people under 50 years old on your main list of 15 if you have lots of younger entries, they just don't all qualify for the tragedy scoring... One last extra scoring point: if one of your celebrities dies and you are the only person playing to have guessed that celebrity, you will score 1 extra point.

NOTE: Submit "Alternate" picks in addition to your lists of 15 regular and 5 tragedy selections. This is in case:
  • one or more of your picks dies between the time you submit and the start of 2020
  • I throw out one of your picks for not being a celebrity.
If that happens, your Alternate Pick will move to the bottom of your list and all others will move up one spot. Same thing goes if a celebrity dies in a previous year, but for some reason the news doesn't become official until much later... in that case I will retroactively add points for that celebrity in the pool for the year in which they are reported to have died. That celebrity would then be removed from your list, all others would move up one spot, and I'd add your Alternate Pick to the bottom. However, if someone on your list is dead before 2020 or I have to reject one of your celebrities, and you don't have any alternates, that's your own fault.

I've tried to close up most loopholes in the rules, so just try and make life easy by picking legitimate celebs. If you have any questions on if someone is eligible, feel free to ask me via PM. Anyone who has been allowed and is still alive is still eligible. For a fairly reliable list of many celebrities alive-or-dead status, check out these web sites (http://www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com and http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf)

Since there is some degree of judgment as to who is and is not a celebrity (see below), let me know if you are not participating and you want to volunteer to be part of an independent (i.e. not an alternate ID of somebody competing) arbitrator group to make judgment calls on questionable choices.

PM your entries to me by 11:59 PM, Dec 26th, 2019. This will allow me time over the holidays to determine who is famous and who isn't. Entries should be PMed to me – I won’t look until I give my picks to another contestant who has finalized his/her picks and I send my picks to that participant - in order to keep the chances of an unusual pick remaining unique, as well as to prevent people from submitting a conglomerate list of the most popular picks. Another reason for cutting off entries before midnight on New Year’s Eve is that it gives time to compile the frequencies of the names selected so we can submit an AO-composite entry in the Derby Dead Pool.

* What constitutes a celebrity?
  • Celebrities are musicians, actors, writers, athletes, political and religious figures and such... pretty much any public human figure recognizable by name alone.
* What is not a celebrity?
  • Anyone who is known more for being related to another celebrity by birth, marriage, or romance (which is entirely different from marriage) than for any of their own fame/accolades is not a celebrity. (A certain dead Senator’s mother is OK for the 2020 pool.)
  • Anyone who is known solely for their health history and/or current condition more than any accomplishments is not a celebrity. Individuals prominently renowned for being amongst the world's oldest living people, multiple transplant survivors, etc. are not eligible.
  • Persons known to be on death row or whose death is a certainty do not qualify. Don't try and take the guesswork out of this! Famous prisoners that die of natural causes will count towards the pool.
Should you enter a celebrity with a name shared by other celebrities or quasi famous people, please specify exactly which you are referring to. For example, if you mention on your list that you want Vanessa Williams, I can't exactly tell if you mean a) Vanessa A. Williams, the actress whose credits include the Showtime TV series "Soul Food" or b) Vanessa L. Williams, the pageant model/singer/actress? Without clarifying which celebrity you are referring to, it will become my discretion.

What are we playing for? Well, the administrator has given emoticons named after some past winners. If we have a tie, we will have co-winners. No tiebreaker.

I will then handle all of the updates unless anyone else wants to volunteer. Feel free to use this thread as a discussion area, try and break the news on new deaths before I beat you to it, etc. Any help in acknowledging relevant deaths will be a big help in keeping score! You may also PM me if I am lagging behind. I will post the full list of entrants and selections once all entries have been received and verified.

Lastly, links to the previous years' pools:
The Rebel Forum 2004 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by Ray Finkle, Runner-up urysohn
The Rebel Forum 2005 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by father of two, Runner-up Butters
The Rebel Forum 2006 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by working girl, Runner-up hotkarl
The Rebel Forum 2007 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by Werewolf, Runner-up working girl
The Rebel Forum 2008 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by working girl, Runner-up Werewolf
The Rebel Forum 2009 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by working girl, Runner-up Joker
The Rebel Forum 2010 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by zeuz, Runner-up Wannabe Actuary
The Rebel Forum 2011 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by frummie, Runners-up Patience/Werewolf
The Rebel Forum 2012 Celebrity Death Pool - Won by Traina, Runner-up keyser soze
The Rebel Forum 2013 Celebrity Death pool - Won by Werewolf, Runner-up frummie
The Rebel Forum 2014 Celebrity Death pool - Won by Maphisto's Sidekick, Runner-up frummie
The Rebel Forum 2015 Celebrity Death pool – Won by Patience, Runner-up Werewolf
The Rebel Forum 2016 Celebrity Death pool – Won by Maphisto's Sidekick, Runner-up Traina
The Rebel Forum 2017 Celebrity Death pool - Won by Wannabe Actuary, Runner-Up Patience
The Rebel Forum 2018 Celebrity Death pool – Won by Werewolf, Runner-Up working girl
The Rebel Forum 2019 Celebrity Death pool – Won by Wannabe Actuary, Runner-Up hotkarl
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Here are the lists in order received. T denotes Tragedy pick; * denotes unique pick

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1. Jimmy Carter
2. Prince Philip
3. Queen Elizabeth II
4. Beverly Cleary
5. Olivia de Havilland
6. Alex Trebek
7. Kirk Douglas
8. Bob Dole
9. Henry Kissinger*
10. Carl Reiner
11. Jean Kennedy Smith*
12. Bill Cosby
13. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
14. Tina Turner*
15. Charlie Sheen

T1. Selena Gomez*
T2. Angelina Jolie*
T3. Lil Wayne
T4. Nick Jonas*
T5. Sarah Hyland


working girl -- Champion 2006, 2008, 2009; Runner Up 2007, 2018

1. Alex Trebek
2. Kenny Rogers*
3. Ali Bongo Ondimba
4. Doug Supernaw*
5. Alcee Hastings*
6. Vic Jacobs
7. Pele*
8. Sumner Redstone
9. Kirk Douglas
10. Wade Hayes*
11. Vicente Fernandez*
12. John Andretti
13. Bob Dole
14. Sacheen Littlefeather*
15. Olivia Newton-John

T1. John Hartson*
T2. Jo Dee Messina*
T3. 6ix9ine
T4. Shannen Doherty
T5. Kim Jong-Un


Ezekial Cumberland

1. Alex Trebek
2. Olivia Newton-John
3. John Andretti
4. Sumner Redstone
5. Olivia de Havilland
6. Kirk Douglas
7. Jimmy Carter
8. Norman Lloyd
9. John Rigas
10. Bob Dole
11. Beverly Cleary
12. Queen Elizabeth II
13. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
14. Larry King*
15. Bob Barker

T1. Steve Gleason
T2. 6ix9ine
T3. Pete Davidson
T4. Fritz-William Michel*
T5. Kim Jong-un


Maphisto's Sidekick -- Champion 2014, 2016

1. Lee Kerslake
2. Nobby Stiles
3. Empress emerita Michiko*
4. Leon Spinks*
5. Jimmy Carter
6. Jill Gascoine*
7. Pete Dye -- Died 01/09/2020
8. Prince Philip
9. Bob Dole
10. Peter Sutcliffe*
11. Frankie Banali
12. Alex Trebek
13. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
14. Terry Jones*
15. Olivia Newton-John

T1. Tom Smith*
T2. Kate Callaghan*
T3. Greg Gilbert
T4. Miroslava Duma*
T5. Marián Čišovský


Just Annoyed

1. Donald Trump*
2. Harvey Weinstein*
3. Willie Mays*
4. Hank Aaron
5. Kirk Douglas
6. Mel Brooks*
7. Dick Van Dyke*
8. Angela Lansbury*
9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
10. Clarence Thomas*
11. Rodrigo Duterte*
12. Pat Sajak*
13. Alex Trebek
14. Bob Barker
15. Sally Field*

T1. Justin Bieber*
T2. Kim Jong-Un
T3. Eminem*
T4. Chris Cuomo*
T5. Britney Spears*


Patience -- Champion 2015; Runner Up 2011, 2017

1. Samula Anoa'i
2. Bunny Matthews*
3. Jerry Sloan
4. Chris Doleman
5. John Rigas
6. Sumner Redstone
7. John Andretti
8. Prince Philip
9. Nobby Stiles
10. Jimmy Carter
11. David Stern -- Died 01/01/2020
12. Pete Dye -- Died 01/09/2020
13. Vic Jacobs
14. Bob Gibson
15. Hank Aaron

T1. Ady Barkan*
T2. Marián Čišovský
T3. Sonali Bendre
T4. Simone Giertz
T5. Erneelya Elyana Emrizal*


frummie -- Champion 2011; Runner Up 2013, 2014

1. Bob Gibson
2. Vic Jacobs
3. Pervez Musharraf*
4. David Stern -- Died 01/01/2020
5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
6. Tom Seaver*
7. Alex Trebek
8. Bob Dole
9. Jerry Sloan
10. Sumner Redstone
11. Marcia Cross*
12. Abdelaziz Bouteflika*
13. Marty Schottenheimer*
14. Jimmy Carter
15. Kay Ivey*

T1. Steve Gleason
T2. Oskar Lindblom*
T3. Chelsea Manning*
T4. Shannen Doherty
T5. Lydia Emily*


Werewolf -- Champion 2007, 2013, 2018; Runner Up 2008, 2011, 2015

1. Alex Trebek
2. Qaboos bin Said al Said* -- Died 01/11/2020
3. John Andretti
4. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
5. Olivia de Havilland
6. Olivia Newton-John
7. Samula Anoa'i
8. George Alagiah
9. Norm Coleman*
10. Steve Lieberman*
11. Genesis P-Orridge*
12. Tommy Chong*
13. Sam Lloyd*
14. Linda Hunt*
15. Cameron Mathison*

T1. Marián Čišovský
T2. Steve Gleason
T3. 6ix9ine
T4. Sonali Bendre
T5. Sarah Hyland


The Arbitrary

1. Prince Philip
2. Olivia de Havilland
3. Jimmy Carter
4. Kirk Douglas
5. John Andretti
6. Norman Lloyd
7. Bob Barker
8. Ali Bongo Ondimba
9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
10. Pope Benedict*
11. Michael Schumaker*
12. Hosni Mubarak
13. Bob Dole
14. Gary Rossington*
15. Alex Trebek

T1. Marián Čišovský
T2. Shannen Doherty
T3. Steve Gleason
T4. Kim Jong-Un
T5. Pete Davidson


Wannabe Actuary -- Champion 2017, 2019; Runner Up 2010

1. Lee Kerslake
2. Alex Trebek
3. Mark Roth*
4. Prince Philip
5. Chris Doleman
6. Thich Nhat Hanh*
7. Michael Robinson*
8. Nobby Stiles
9. John Rigas
10. Kirk Douglas
11. Bob Dole
12. Olivia de Havilland
13. Bob Barker
14. Jimmy Carter
15. Beverly Cleary

T1. Greg Gilbert
T2. Bibian Mentel*
T3. 6ix9ine
T4. Steve Gleason
T5. Marián Čišovský


General Apathy

1. Roberta McCain*
2. Kirk Douglas
3. Prince Philip
4. Bob Barker
5. Bob Dole
6. Hugh Downs*
7. Vera Lynn
8. Marsha Hunt*
9. Hal Holbrook*
10. Olivia de Havilland
11. Beverly Cleary
12. Sumner Redstone
13. Norman Lear*
14. Chuck Yeager*
15. Alex Trebek

T1. Kristen Wiig*
T2. Tina Fey*
T3. Bill Hader*
T4. Amy Poehler*
T5. Maya Rudolph*


adamruinsactuary

1. Jimmy Carter
2. Queen Elizabeth II
3. Alex Trebek
4. Mikhail Gorbachev*
5. Michael J Fox*
6. Bret Michaels*
7. Charlie Sheen
8. Bob Dole
9. Keith Richards*
10. Jim Brown*
11. Charley Trippi
12. Bill Russell*
13. Carl Reiner
14. Walter Mondale*
15. Nicolas Maduro*

T1. Pete Davidson
T2. Josh Gordon*
T3. Johnny Manziel*
T4. Jeffree Star*
T5. Hannah Brown*


yankeetripper

1. Alex Trebek
2. Frankie Banali
3. Prince Philip
4. Olivia Newton-John
5. Jimmy Carter
6. Olivia De Havilland
7. Whitey Ford*
8. Sumner Redstone
9. Phil Spector*
10. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
11. Vera Lynn
12. Charley Trippi
13. Bill Cosby
14. Beverly Cleary
15. Larry Flynt*

T1. Simone Giertz
T2. Steve Gleason
T3. 6ix9ine
T4. Jeannie Gaffigan*
T5. Roman Reigns*


hotkarl -- Runner-Up 2006, 2019

1. Alex Trebek
2. David Stern
3. Lee H McCormack*
4. Frankie Banali
5. Olivia de Havilland
6. Prince Philip
7. George Alagiah
8. Bill Turnbull*
9. Linda Nolan*
10. Kirk Douglas
11. Ron Wright*
12. Harry Reid*
13. John Rigas
14. Beverly Cleary
15. Sumner Redstone

T1. Gemma Sisson*
T2. Tim Bilton*
T3. Brittnea Chambers*
T4. Pat Smullen*
T5. Nicola Mendelsohn*


Traina -- Champion 2012; Runner Up 2016

1. Olivia de Havilland
2. Prince Philip
3. Samu Anoa’i*
4. Kirk Douglas
5. Mick Jagger*
6. Candi Staton*
7. Hosni Mubarak
8. Olivia Newton-John
9. Bob Dole
10. Beverly Cleary
11. Jimmy Carter
12. Vera Lynn
13. Alan Alda*
14. Sidney Poitier*
15. Marion Ross*

T1. Selma Blair*
T2. Shannen Doherty
T3. Pete Davidson
T4. Lil Wayne
T5. Frankie Muniz*
Good luck to all contestants! Bad luck to the chosen celebrities!
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Just bumping this as a reminder...the 26th is coming up.

If you're going to be in the office, bored on Monday...making your list and checking it twice might help keep you amused.

Or, if you're about to spend a couple of days travelling, and/or dealing with holiday family drama...you might want to go ahead and put together your list, or perhaps use assembly of your list as an reason to get away from said family for a bit ("I have a work emergency" is a great excuse. .)

Hopefully the grim reaper will get our lists and decide we've all been good little boys and girls.
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