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A vile website is predicting which celebrities will die in 2021 – and even celebrates deaths as victories.
The sick DeathList site runs a list of 50 famous faces they think will meet their maker in the upcoming year.
For most of us, 2020 has been a miserable affair, not only dominated by the the coronavirus pandemic, but also featuring the deaths of much-loved stars including actor Chadwick Boseman and basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
But DeathList boasts it registered a "record breaking year", with 18 predicted deaths coming true.
Among those were Vera Lynn, Nobby Stiles and Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe.
The infamous list chooses top stars who are "famous enough" that their passing will be reported in the media.
But, there are a few rules that come with the morbid predictions.
Firstly, candidates must be recognisable enough that their death appears in news pages. In addition, celebs can't be famous only for the fact that "they are likely to die imminently".
Lastly, only 25 stars can reappear from the previous year's list.
The site guessed 17 stars who passed away in 2017 and in 2019 they predicted 13, but 18 celebs on their site died in 2020.
The controversial website has come under fire in recent years, as it lists national treasures and international global stars that are loved by millions.
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Prince Philip was listed as the top person to die in 2020, up from No.4 in 2019. He remains at the top of the list this year.
Legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker, 97, and Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury, 95, also feature in the top 10.
The website's 'description' of the well-known people is just as controversial, as it describes the prince as "casual racist".
Other descriptions include fashion designer, boxer, former presidents and politicians.
The site's owners, whose identities remains 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.
Deathlist.net, whose site slogan reads, "On today, gone tomorrow", reports that the selection has been "transformed into a science."
When a person dies, successful guesses are marked by unsavoury posts celebrating the deaths.
For example, when Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, former president of France, passed away, it posted "Discard Giscard".
After 1966 World Cup winning footballer Nobby Stiles died, it wrote, "Nobby's final pass", and for sweetheart Vera Lynn, who uplifted the nation during the Second World War, they said, "End of a Vera".
But they don't always get it right. Betty White, Angela Lansbury, Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Desmond Tutu, Willie Nelson and David Attenborough were listed on the site for 2020, but all remain.
In years gone by, DeathList has predicted the passing of Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Frank Sinatra and the Queen Mother.
However, other major stars deaths' were not predicted by the site – David Bowie, Prince, Terry Wogan and Harry Potter legend Alan Rickman, to name but a few.
- Prince Philip
- Kobe Bryant
- Peter Sutcliffe
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