Hooroo, Mate. Six feet down under
Posted 05 April 2009 - 03:55 AM
Gary Ablett - another very screwed-up retired footballer who has confessed to severe drug problems.
Caught up in a drug raid on his house were also former footballer Wayne Johnston and his wife Kate Kendall (actress from television show Stingers) who are allegedly drug addicts. Also, Tottie Goldsmith.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 04:25 AM
John-Michael Howson - born 1936 - Hollywood gossip columnist, writer of musicals, homosexual activist. Starting to age quite significantly.
Jeannie Little - couldn't find age on the internet but she must be getting old. She always looks skeletal but that is probably just her metabolism.
Peter Russell-Clarke - I had forgotten about him! How old is he? No age on the internet but according to web he sometimes gives out recipes on Triple J radio. Anyone heard him? Does he sound in good health?
Lillian Frank - late 1930s??? - socialite, hairdresser and charity fundraiser.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 04:48 AM
Mike Walsh - 1938 - television talk show host.
Geoff Harvey - 1930s??? - band leader on aforementioned television show.
Casey Stoner - born 1985 - World Motorcycle Grand Prix Champion (luck may run out).
Tony Barber - 1938 - game show host.
Dame Joan Sutherland - born 1926 - opera singer.
Barry Crocker - born 1935 - crooner.
Ugly Dave Gray - born 1933 - English-born Australian comedian.
Stuart Wagstaff - born 1925 - English-born very fine Australian actor.
Adriana Xenides - born 1956 - game show hostess who had very public battle with depression and fall from grace. Claims to have some kind of weird digestive disorder according to Wiki page:
"Bloats her abdomen to that of a nine-month pregnant woman?"
Susie Maroney - born 1974 - marathon swimmer. Had nervous breakdown due to strain of competition, media scrutiny, overbearing mother and sudden death of brother in balcony fall. Not sure of the state of her mental health now.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 06:36 AM
Ian "Molly" Meldrum - 1946 - music reviewer and television personality. Reputation for having tried every drug under the sun.
Natalie Imburglia - 1975 - another talentless "pop sensation" reputed to have a habit of doing hard drugs.
Edward Clancy - 1923 - Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal.
Edward Cassidy - 1924 - Another Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal. Reputed to have been very ill about six months ago. Current state of health unknown.
Lyall Bevan - late 1920s/early 1930s - Australian baritone opera singer; known to have prostate cancer.
Andrew McDonald - field hockey development coach and well known player in the National Hockey League, Tasmanian Institute of Sport figure - known to have ongoing psychiatric issues.
Colleen McCullough - born 1937 - minor Australian author. Ongoing health issues.
Thomas Kenneally - born 1935 - overrated author and annoying little garden gnome.
Les Murray - born 1938 - nationalistic poet and ranter.
Clive James - born 1939 - conservative cultural commentator.
Peter Renshaw - highly eccentric educationalist from University of Queensland. Peter Renshaw is partially responsible for ruining the State's education system. Very dithery of late.
Ray Misson - incredibly arrogant academic who messed up the teaching of English in Australia. Ray Misson's post-structuralist experiments, adopted in every State, have led to two generations of illiterate schoolchildren entering the workforce.
Raelene Boyle - born 1951 - had breast cancer at one stage. How is her health now?
Ian McNamara - "Macca" on Australia All Over radio show. Must be ancient now... Looks like a shrivelled up goanna on the cover of one of his books I saw in a shop. Is anyone able to find his date of birth?
Gustav Nossal - born 1931 - research biologist.
Marcus Einfeld - born 1938 - Supreme Court Judge who was recently given a two-year jail term for perjury, after lying about a speeding fine (said that his long-dead friend was driving the car.) How long will he last in jail?
Sir Jack Brabham - born 1926 - Formula 1 Champion and racing car designer.
Rod Laver - born 1938 - champion tennis player.
John Landy - born 1930 - greatest athlete in Australia's history (in my humble opinion.)
Richie Benaud - born 1930 - cricket player commentator. Seems to never age. Is he Australia's answer to your Clive Dunn???
Posted 05 April 2009 - 08:33 AM
Bart Cummings - born 1927 - most famous and successful horse trainer in Australian history.
Alan Bond - born 1938 - infamous corrupt businessman and convicted criminal.
Renee Geyer - born 1951 - soul singer who could have had massive international career but fell into huge amount of substance abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Really was the Amy Winehouse of her day. Apparently clean now but, like some of the others I have listed, it must have shortened her lifespan somewhat, I would presume.
Dick Smith - born 1944 - entrepreneur, aviation guru and all-round annoying, supercilious git... Still flies his helicopter everywhere - surely his luck will run out one of these days and he'll crash the bloody thing...
Bob Jane - born 1929 - racing car driver and founder of tyre retail chain. Both he and his wife are rather unpleasant people, based on all accounts. Here is an example:
Some on the internet say it was a lavender marriage, anyway...
Allan Moffatt - born 1939 - one of the older racing car drivers from the heyday of Bathurst.
Ron Hamence - born 1915 - oldest living test cricketer and member of the Invincibles.
Neil Harvey - born 1922 - famous cricketer and member of the Invincibles.
Arthur Morris - born 1922 - famous cricketer and member of the Invincibles.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 09:41 AM
Barry Jones - born 1932 - quiz champion and political figure.
Phillip Adams - born 1939 - commentator and wannabe atheist
Tim Bowden - born 1937 - national radio and television reporter and researcher:
These two are specific to radio in Tasmania and are VERY well-known down there:
Ric Patterson - born late 1940s? - grossly overweight radio announcer:
Richard Moore - another fat, unfunny, banal breakfast radio "comedian" from HO-FM in Hobart:
Given VERY unhealthy lifestyle, I doubt he will last long either... Apparently, one of his children died a few years ago, which always takes a few years off the life of a parent and another child had a messy divorce only about a year after marrying someone. Richard Moore's wife, Sylvia Moore, is not a particularly pleasant woman either, by all accounts.
Peter Sculthorpe - born 1929 - famous Australian classical composer.
Graeme Bell - born 1914 - renowned jazz musician.
Don Burrows - born 1928 - renowned jazz musician.
Wendy Whiteley - born 1941 - wife of painter Brett Whiteley. Has lost her husband and daughter. Lived very bohemian lifestyle.
That's all from me, since I have hogged the last dozen posts on this thread! Time to hand over to someone else. The biggest problem will be guessing how many of these suggestions would qualify for UK obits. I doubt if any of the AFL footballers or radio types would but I don't know if some of these people like the jazz musicians, Bell and Burrows, could just scrape in. Obviously, major political and cultural figures should get a tick.
Anyway, that is all for me, my morbid friends.
PS - My prediction is Farrah to go within a fortnight and Swayze won't see Christmas.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 10:55 AM
No, just jotting them down as they came to mind, then looking them up to see if they were born before 1940 or thereabouts or had any serious health/lifestyle issues.
Don't forget, you have multiple threads to spread out and discuss all your English and American possibilities, so I thought to list all of the good potential Aussie candidates within two pages of one thread is a modest achievement!
Anyway, I definitely can't think of any more obvious potential candidates now! Be interesting to see which one dies first. My money would be on Gough Whitlam or Derryn Hinch - Dame Elizabeth Murdoch seems far too bright for a centenarian to be dropping any time soon.
Maybe someone could consolidate all of these into a single list and start crossing them out as they drop? I should probably have done that to start with, instead of making a mess with post after post as new ones sprang to mind.
Anyway, that is hopefully a good start for you with some ideas and possibilities. One or two of the more internationally famous ones could go on the main deathlist for 2010 if you see the potential of them.
By the way, I was way too conservative in my last post, when I said "Swayze will be gone by Christmas." I'll be slightly more bold and say that he will be gone by the first week in August. As for Farrah: Only days?
Cheers. I'll resume my life as a silent lurker now.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 11:02 AM
Thanks for invitation to register but I think I will go back to being a lurker. I've been reading the posts here for years without contributing - the morbid sense of humour you share really appeals to me! Even Banshees has a certain.... charm... even if I have to stand on my head whilst reading his/her posts.
Anyway, it is fun to contribute some potential Aussies for you, as I have been thinking about the likes of Gough and other local celebrities for a while, wondering which would be the first to drop. It is all on the record now!
I'll leave someone else with the dirty work of sorting the Aussies out into one organised list! Cross 'em off as they drop.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 07:50 PM
What are brief? Today and tomorrow;
What are frail? Spring blossoms and youth;
What are deep? The ocean and truth.
Posted 05 April 2009 - 08:10 PM
Why do people need to stay in iron lungs now that there are positive pressure ventilators. It seems a bit of a palava to take her down to St Kilda's in all that kaboodle.
Posted 06 April 2009 - 12:05 AM
Here is the "phone book" of Aussie celebs, all neatly sorted by year for you. Known and suspected health problems of various candidates cited where applicable.
PART ONE - THE OLD
Dame Elizabeth Murdoch 1909. Rupert's Mum.
Graeme Bell 1914. Jazz musician.
Ron Hamence 1915. Cricketer.
Gough Whitlam 1916. Sacked PM.
Flo Bjelke-Petersen 1920. Corrupt old Sir Joh's wife. Makes pumpkin scones.
Neil Harvey 1922. Cricketer.
Arthur Morris 1922. Cricketer.
Dudley Simpson 1922. BBC Composer.
Edward Clancy 1923. Roman Catholic Cardinal.
Edward Cassidy 1924. Roman Catholic Cardinal. (Health issues.)
Margaret Fulton 1924. Celebrity chef.
Vivean Gray 1924. Actress (Mrs Mangel from Neighbours!)
Stuart Wagstaff 1925. Theatre actor.
Sir Jack Brabham 1926. Formula 1 Champion and racing car designer.
Dame Joan Sutherland 1926. Opera singer.
Bruce Ruxton 1926. Hypocrite and right-wing ranting idiot.
Bart Cummings 1927. Horse trainer.
Peter Cundall 1927. Gardening show host and Commie.
Don Burrows 1928. Jazz musician.
Lyall Bevan 1929? Opera singer. (Prostate cancer.)
Bob Hawke. 1929. Drunken PM. (Alcoholism.)
Hazel Hawke. 1929. Bob's wife. (Alzheimer's.)
Bob Jane 1929. Racing car driver, tyre salesman, closet gay and lunatic.
Peter Sculthorpe 1929. Composer.
Richie Benaud 1930. Australia's Clive Dunn.
Rolf Harris 1930. Renaissance man.
John Landy 1930. Legendary athlete.
Gustav Nossal 1931. Biologist.
Ted Egan 1932. Folk singer/travel show host/Govt official.
Barry Jones 1932. Quiz champion and political figure.
Ugly Dave Gray 1933. Comedian.
Bill Hayden. 1933. Former Governor-General.
Don Lane 1933. US-born entertainer. (Alzheimer's.)
Barry Humphries 1934. Dame Edna.
Fred Nile 1934. Hypocrite and right-wing ranting idiot. Wants to ban topless sunbathing...
Barry Crocker 1935. Crooner.
Thomas Kenneally 1935. Author and annoying little garden gnome.
John Laws 1935. Radio loudmouth.
Lillian Frank 1936? Socialite, hairdresser and fundraiser.
John-Michael Howson 1936. Hollywood gossip columnist, writes musicals.
Col Joye 1936. Rock star. (Brain damage from fall.)
Tim Bowden 1937. Broadcaster.
Ron Clarke 1937. Athlete. (Health problems.)
Dawn Fraser 1937. Olympic swimmer and sometimes lesbian.
Colleen McCullough 1937. Author. (Ongoing health issues.)
Tony Barber 1938. Game show host.
Alan Bond 1938. Convicted criminal.
Marcus Einfeld 1938. Supreme Court Judge and convicted criminal.
Geoff Harvey 1938? Television band conductor.
Les Murray 1938. Nationalistic poet and ranter.
Bert Newton 1938. Entertainer. (Liked a drink in younger days.)
Mike Walsh 1938. Television talk show host.
Rod Laver 1938. Tennis player.
Ian Smith 1938. Actor (Harold Bishop from Neighbours.)
Phillip Adams 1939. Opinionated commentator and third-rate atheist.
Germaine Greer 1939. Militant feminist.
Paul Hogan 1939. Crocodile Dundee.
John Howard 1939. Disgraced PM and racist warmonger.
Clive James 1939. Conservative cultural commentator.
Jeannie Little 1939? Comedian/fashion designer/Marlene Dietrich impersonator.
Allan Moffatt 1939. Racing car driver.
PART TWO - LONG SHOTS
Ian McNamara 1940? Radio broadcaster. (Ageing badly.)
Alan Jones 1941. Radio loudmouth/rugby coach. (Health problems.)
Ian Turpie 1941. Entertainer, game show host.
Wendy Whiteley 1941. Brett's Missus. (Bohemian lifestyle.)
Harry Cooper 1942. Television vet. (Prostate cancer.)
Margaret Court 1942. Tennis champion and religious fundamentalist.
John Burgess 1943. Game show host.
Derryn Hinch 1944. Radio loudmouth. (Liver cancer.)
Dick Smith 1944. Entrepreneur and aviation guru.
Sam Newman 1945. AFL footballer, prize idiot. (Health issues.)
Peter Russell-Clarke 1946? Celebrity chef (Weight.)
Ian "Molly" Meldrum 1946. Music reviewer and television personality. (Drugs.)
Ric Patterson 1948? Radio announcer (Obesity.)
Ray Misson 1949? Academic idiot who caused Australia's literacy problems.
Rob Bredl 1950. Crocodile hunter.
Peter Renshaw 1950? Corrupt educational academic from UQ. (Very dithery now.)
Raelene Boyle 1951. Athlete. (Breast cancer.)
Renee Geyer 1951. Soul singer. (Past copious drug use.)
John Jarratt 1952. Actor. (Alcoholism.)
Richard Moore 1953? Inept Tasmanian radio comedian (Lifestyle, obesity.)
Paul Lennon 1955. Politician, Tasmanian Premier. (Alcoholism.)
Jimmy Barnes 1956. Rock singer. (Past substance abuse.)
Mel Gibson 1956. Drunkard. Anti-semite. Actor. (Alcoholism.)
Adriana Xenides 1956. Game show hostess. (Mental health issues.)
Wayne Johnston 1957. AFL footballer. (Alleged drug use.)
Gary Sweet 1957. Talentless "actor." (Alleged drug use.)
Wally Lewis 1959. Rugby player. (Severe epilepsy.)
Paul "Fatty" Vautin 1959. Rugby player. (Brain damage from television stunt.)
David Boon 1960. Cricketer. (Lifestyle, obesity.)
Gary Ablett 1961. AFL Footballer. (Drug use and other problems.)
Merv Hughes 1961. Fat cricketer.
Mark Latham 1961. Politician. (Chronic pancreatis.)
Tottie Goldsmith 1962. Sex Show host. (Alleged drug use.)
Elle MacPherson 1964. Supermodel. (Alleged drug use.)
Chris Chugg 1965? Bodybuilder and weightlifting coach (Steroids.)
Andrew McDonald 1967? Tasmanian hockey coach. (Psychiatric problems.)
Keith Urban 1967. Mr Nicole Kidman. (Alcoholism.)
Jason Donovan 1968. Talentless actor. (Drug use.)
Kylie Minogue 1968. Singing budgie. (Cancer may return.)
Naomi Robson 1968. Trashy current affairs show hostess. (Alleged drug use.)
Paula Wriedt 1968. Politician. (Mental health issues.)
Shane Warne 1969. Cricketer, adulterer, gambler, drug cheat. (Life in the fast lane.)
Tania Zaetta 1970. Skanky model and Bollywood wannabe. (Alleged drug use.)
Wayne Carey 1971. AFL Footballer and thug. (Huge problems.)
Kate Kendall 1973. Actress. (Alleged drug use.)
Craig Lowndes 1974. Racing car driver.
Susie Maroney 1974. Marathon swimmer. (Mental health issues.)
Natalie Imburglia 1975. Talentless "pop sensation." (Alleged drug use.)
Andrew Symonds 1975. Cricketer. (Alcoholism.)
Marcus Ambrose 1976. Racing car driver.
Ben Cousins 1978. AFL footballer. (Drug addict.)
Rose Byrne 1979. Actress, Heath Ledger's pal. (Hollywood lifestyle is a snare...)
Robbie Maddison 1981. Stuntman.
Delta Goodrem 1984. Talentless "pop sensation." (Cancer may return.)
Casey Stoner 1985. World Motorcycle Champion.
Bindi Irwin 1998. Precocious brat.
Back to lurking...
Posted 06 April 2009 - 05:29 AM
Yes, it seems like he will still be around for a while.
Derryn Hinch is still the number one in "radio death sweepstakes" now that Stan Zemanek is gone.
Here is the first, official Aussie "celebrity" to die since I compiled the list:
Unfortunately, I have never heard of him (don't follow rugby at all.)
Here are some more(!) contenders...
THOSE WHO HAVE HAD THEIR ALLOTTED THREE SCORES YEARS AND TEN:
Margaret Holmes 1910. Anti-war activist. Australian national hero. (Approaching the century.)
Ken Rosewall 1934. Tennis champion.
Ron Barassi 1936. AFL footballer.
Peter Carnley 1937. Ex-Head Bishop of Anglican Church in Australia. Liberal Church reformer.
Lorraine Crapp 1938. Swimmer.
Murray Rose 1939. Swimmer.
Bill Hunter 1940. Actor and cantankerous old git.
Jack Thompson 1940. Actor and cantankerous old git.
Ivan Milat 1944. Serial killer (has recently taken to self-mutilation, such as cutting off his finger with a plastic knife.)
Kim Beazley 1948. Ex-politician. (Obesity.)
Lionel Rose 1948. Boxer, country singer and token Aborigine for this list. (Alcoholism/stroke.)
Dean Capobianco 1970. Sprinter. (Steroid abuse.)
Mary Donaldson 1972. Crown Princess of Denmark. (Grace! Diana! Mary?)
Mark Webber 1976. Formula 1 driver.
Matt Shirvington 1978. Sprinter. (Alleged steroid abuse.)
Nick D'Arcy 1987. Drunken brawler and sometimes champion swimmer. (One barroom fight too many?)
Of that lot, my money is on Milat killing himself. After the death of convicted stockbroker Rene Rivkin last year, I will never trust gaols to maintain a vigilant "suicide watch" again.
Back to lurking on the forum, yet again!!!!
Posted 06 April 2009 - 06:49 AM
What are you scared of?
"We're today's scrambled creatures, locked in tomorrow's double feature
Heaven's on the pillow, its silence competes with hell
It's a twenty-four hour service, guaranteed to make you tell
And the streets are full of press men
Bent on getting hung and buried
And the legendary curtains are drawn 'round Baby Bankrupt
Who sucks you while you're sleeping
It's the theatre of financiers
Count them, fifty 'round a table
White and dressed to kill."
David Bowie - We Are The Dead (1974)
Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:21 AM
Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:31 AM
You could at least have alphabetised it!
Oh and normally the anal amongst the DL would prefer that every Bruce and Shiela be cross referenced to a source. That should keep you going.
Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:58 AM
Sorted by year of birth, then alphabetically by surname!
99% of 'em have Wiki pages - of the usual dubious quality. I have to leave some work for the rest of you! Hardest one to find (of those that actually exist) was Vivean Gray (Mrs Mangel). I was typing "Vivian Gray" and kept finding many references to some hot young Mexican chick, instead, with only a few websites talking about the old girl. I thought people had simply forgotten her. Finally detected that her name had hte alternative spelling...
Question for an expert: How long does someone with liver cancer normally last? Derryn Hinch publicly announced his ailment in August 2007. He stated that it was inoperable, as it was near his heart. Why isn't he dead yet? I didn't think you'd last for over 18 months with that condition.
Isadora Duncan, a scarf and a Bugatti: Ingredients for the best death ever!
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