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Welcome once again to the macabre world of Dead Pool 2009.
Let’s kick off first with a late-reported death from April.
On April 30, amateur astronomer Venetia Phair passed away at the age of 90. Phair was brought to prominence in 1930 aged just 11, when she named the newly-discovered planet Pluto. Phair was remembered again recently when Pluto was demoted from a planet to a dwarf planet. Shame about that.
Still, Walt Disney pinched the name for Mickey's dog a few years later. And that’s still cool. Right?
On May 4 comedy legend Dom DeLuise died of kidney failure aged 76. Best known for his roles in just about all of Mel Brooks’ movies, I still remember him for the opening scene of The Muppet Movie, where he played the sleazy agent who convinces Kermit to go to Hollywood.
So we have Dom to thank for the Muppets. Well, why not? Let’s go with that.
On the 15th, as previously mentioned legendary Australian actor Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell passed away at the age of 86.
On the 18th US rapper Roderick Anthony Burton II (aka “Dolla” … twice as good as 50 Cent etc etc) was shot and killed in Beverley Hills. Of course if the precedent set by 2Pac is anything to go by, this means a glowing career of successful albums, Grammy awards and unverified sightings in Hollywood nightclubs.
On the 21st we farewelled actress Joan Alexander, best known for her role as Lois Lane in the radio serial The Adventures of Superman in the 1940s. Tragically taken in her prime at the age of 94 this is clear evidence that the curse of Superman strikes again!
Of course, it’ll be some years before we farewell the last survivor of the Titanic disaster of 1997.
The current score for this year’s pool still stands at a draw, with Benn and Ty sharing the lead on 14 points.
Stay tuned for further updates.