Website That Predicted A Dozen Celebrity Deaths Last Year Revealed Its 2018 Predictions, Gets Criticised For Bad Taste

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While celebrityhood comes with many perks, there are downsides too such as being under constant media scrutiny and now, even pundits predicting when you will die.

A website, appropriately called The DeathList, has unfortunately earned its claim to fame by correctly predicting some high profile deaths in the past, including those of Playboy founder, Hugh Heffner, Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Daily Star reports.

Although it reeks of bad taste, apparently readers worldwide have an apetitite for morbidity as the 'list' has been in existence since 1987 and will identify 50 individuals from celebrities, world leaders and members of royal families are most likely to die during any given year.

If you do the math, the probability of those on the list kicking the bucket are pretty high as most of the nominees are already in their 80s or 90s or are suffering ill health, so getting even 12 predictions out of 50 should come as no surprise.

However, there were some obvious miscalculations as it also falsely predicted the demise of some big names last year including Robert Mugabe, Kirk Douglas and Prince Philip.

Apparently the site has some house rules for nominating celebrities to the list, as reported when it published its previous 2017 list.

"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 25 candidates can reappear from the previous year's list.," the statement reads that their previous record was getting 14 deaths correct.

However, 2017 proved to be a successful year as far as the site's morbid predictions are rated.

"In 2017, years of promise were realised when the list smashed the previous record, chalking up an astonishing 17 successes.

"Does this suggest there will now be some lean years ahead for DeathList?

"Or has the DeathList forum become such a powerful resource now that we could see the record surpassed again in 2018?", the statement added as an introduction to this year's list.

The DeathList claimed it correctly predicted 17 celebrity deaths including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in 2017.  Filepic: PAThe DeathList claimed it correctly predicted 17 celebrity deaths including Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in 2017. Filepic: PA

This year's list which was published recently has caught the attention of UK's media advocate group, MediaWatch-UK which desribed the list as the ultimate in bad taste.

"The idea of an annual Deathlist is not only morose and insensitive but I imagine deeply upsetting for the individuals named in it and their families.

"Whilst an awareness of our mortality can have the positive effect of helping us to live each day to its fullest; this list seems to delight in making accurate predictions about another human’s demise. In some cases, forum comments openly welcome certain celebrity deaths.

"The rule that candidates must be famous enough to be reported by UK media is abhorrent when compared with media coverage of deaths that result from everyday tragic circumstances," the statement from MediaWatch-UK reads.

- mD