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A website that attempts to predict celebrity deaths, and that celebrated the passing of the Queen moments after it was announced, eerily predicted the death of the monarch's husband too.
The DeathList site runs a yearly list of 50 famous faces they think will meet their maker in the upcoming year, with a new list set to be released for 2023 soon.
Prince Philip was listed as the most likely person to die in 2020, up from No.4 in 2019. He had been on the list nine times, and remained at the top until his death in April last year, aged 99.
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The website had come under fire for many reasons, not least because it described the prince as "casual racist" in the occupation field.
It also drew the ire of many when Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, after proudly proclaiming that her Majesty was the seventh in the morbid list to have died.
The sickening website read "From Sceptre to Spectre", with the former a reference to a staff or wand held in the hand by a ruling monarch and the latter meaning a ghost.
The Queen moved up 25 places to position 12, her fourth appearance in the list, after a series of health scares.
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Last year, the DeathList managed to pick 12 out of 50 deaths correctly, including the late Prince Philip.
The DeathList chooses 50 famous people who they believe will pass away during the year.
As stated on their website, the rules of the DeathList are: “Candidates must be famous enough such that their death is confidently expected to be reported by the UK media; candidates cannot be famous solely for the fact they are likely to die imminently and only 25 candidates can reappear from the previous year’s list.”
The vile website had its most successful year with predictions in 2020 with 20 deaths out of 50 on the list.
The site's owners, whose identities remain a closely guarded secret, claim the distasteful game was conceived in a bar at Warwick University in 1986 following the death of actor Cary Grant.
The staff directory is clouded with death puns, cartoon icons and users can talk about the upcoming predictions in forums.
There are more than 2,800 members who discuss what names should appear the following year. Mary Poppins and Diagnosis Murder star Dick Van Dyke is a fixture on the site, but is yet to die.
The Queen first entered the list at number 10 in 1990, but managed to live another 32 years.
In years gone by, DeathList has predicted the passing of Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Frank Sinatra and the Queen Mother.
After Prince Philip in 2021 was Golden Girl Betty White in second and actor Dick van Dyke in third place, with the former sadly passing on New Year's Eve.
Other deaths on the list in 2021 included US politicians Bob Dole and George P. Shultz, F1 legends Sir Frank Williams and Sir Murray Walker and football legend Jimmy Greaves.
Covid hero Sir Tom Moore was also on the list at 50 and also passed away last year.
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