Steve Albini. No, the legendary musician, recording engineer and music critic isn't ailing. Nor does he seem to lead an unusually dangerous lifestyle—assuming, that is, that his poker buddies aren't the type to blow a fuse and draw a weapon following a bad turn of the cards. Albini was, however, the keynote speaker at NX35 in 2010, following in the footsteps of 2009 speaker Harvey Pekar, who died the following year. We're not saying the role is cursed—but if it is, Albini may join some of his friends who are already this fucked. Odds: 35/1

Leslie West. According to Ozzy Osbourne's autobiography I Am Ozzy (which, by the way, gives plenty of reasons why Osbourne was a smart pick in last year's Death Pool, and makes for a fine holdover choice this year), West was the one who introduced Ozzy to the Bolivian Marching Powder. Diabetes has forced him to trim down considerably from his once 300-pound-plus girth, and supposedly he's been drug-free for years. But stories of his wheels-off life make it hard to believe he could ever totally leave behind the wildman lifestyle. Odds: 45/1

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hb
hb

Terrible story. Hope you are happy with all your page views.

Beth L
Beth L

Oh my god. How awful. I heard this was bad, but had no idea how bad... >>Assuming they're still breathing as of press time<

Danny B
Danny B

I guess they thought this was funny. See, it's not. But welcome to lowest common denominator humor. Seriously, these tools at the Observer who green lit are about as funny as an old Pauly Shore movie or a Larry the Cable Guy monologue. Poorly written shock for shock's sake drivel. We can only pray for the death of the Observer (whose circulation is way down, btw). Really not funny, guys... I mean, I guess you thought it would be, right? Right?

Danny Knight
Danny Knight

There's a chucklehead in Dallas in need of an ass kicking, and I think his name is Jesse Hughey.

Justin
Justin

This is a disgrace to musicians, journalists, and human life in general. Does this 'paper' not have anything better to report or write about? Does this 'paper' also have nobody better to pay than Jesse Hughey? Seriously, look around in the world today at all the madness taking place, or look in your own country, then write about that and try and make a change. Or better yet, write about some of the good things happening around the world and write about that, try and cheer somebody up. Focus on the positive instead of the negative for a change.

Has it really come down to people in North America, more specifically the US, have nothing better to fill time with and be entertained that they need to have death pools to get them through the year. How about some other things which may help you parasites of the world make it to January 2012. How about 925 million people in the world are undernourished, while in the US there are 73 million obese people. How about in the US there are 15 million children living in poverty, with almost half of them living in extreme poverty. Use your position as a writer to make a voice heard on things that matter instead of useless garbage fit for the national enquirer. We'll all die one day, that's the safest death pool to wager on. However some kids won't make it to see your age, or even learn to read your shoddy articles.

sjw
sjw

You are an asshole. FUCK YOU

Jim M
Jim M

Jesse Hughey A-HOLE WRITER OF 2011 wearing your reality TV loving brain on your sleeve and flowing to the keyboard don’t justify your writing as an art to provoke conversation either. This is a world filled with much more news worthy material to cover. You are bully with nothing to print.

Jesse Hughey is a loser
Jesse Hughey is a loser

What a piece of s#*t this Jesse Hughey guy is! No class at all! I hope your parents are proud of you you C level half ass tabloid wanna be. Good luck getting a job for the Star or enquirer. Oh, wait, those writers actually have imagination in coming up with stories. Never mind. Just go three blocks to the left and take a sharp turn STRAIGHT DOWN!!!!!

Jasonhlavac
Jasonhlavac

Oh, you even put odds down. Are you taking bets? Real cute. You do have the power. Unless your boss uses theirs. Remove this, appologize, and write something real, Bitch!

Carrierebecca1
Carrierebecca1

This is absolutely tasteless and not funny in the slightest.

Nytwolf07
Nytwolf07

I was hoping Justin Beiber was on the list... Oh well, maybe next year!

Jeff
Jeff

i think this is in bad taste and proves you guys dont have enough real content to write about

nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

let's all congratulate jesse hughey on being this week's "dick of the week"!

with the events of the last week or so, that has got to be the most inappropriate headline the observer has ever printed. go fuck yourself, jesse.

Lorie5265
Lorie5265

This just makes me sick! How can you list people and predict if they will die this year. It's morbid! You're sick !

Lastangelman
Lastangelman

Always the obvious picks - I predict all those Observer picks will live to see NYE '12

Here are my picks - read 'em 'n' grieve:

1.) Lily Allen - outrageous, outspoken, travels a lot, a Brit, covered Mr Blue Sky - either a plane crash or a gunshot wounds2.) Sir James Paul McCartney - will die in the arms of a fertile woman who will give birth to another claimant to the McCartney fortune3.) Dionne Warwick - heart attack4.) Bob Dylan - head injury sustained from getting hit by a car while bicycling in Denton5.) Susan Boyle - suicide6.) Steve Cropper - natural causes, died happy7.) Kanye West - death by misadventure during sex play8.) Queen Latifah - injuries from car accident9.) Ace Kefford - founder and former bassist of Move - lymphoma10.) Whitney Houston - renal kidney failure/brain cancer11.) Sir George Martin - natural causes12.) Phil Spector - infection from injuries sustained from botched suicide attempt13.) Jack Osborne - murdered14.) Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) - heart attack after pneumonia15.) Keith Urban - helicopter crash16.) Robert Cray - head injury sustained falling down in bathroom/shower stall17.) Courtney Love - found dead in hotel room, ruled death by misadventure18.) Britney Spears - shot by a crazed fan19.) Justin Timberlake - also shot by a crazed fan20.) Yoko Ono - dies peacefully of natural causes

Trout
Trout

Look forward to this every year. Get a fucking life Anon.

marty
marty

T Bone Burnett. I hope.

anon
anon

To post this within days of a local musicians death (which the Observer covered extensively) is pretty tasteless. Please take it down.

ChrisU
ChrisU

I predict Gerry Rafferty will kick the bucket in 2011

Warren
Warren

Is this supposed to be funny?

Sisymay
Sisymay

Leif's name is pronounced 'LAFE'.

Reader
Reader

This is extremely insensitive. Way to go.

Ladylauren85
Ladylauren85

Agreed. These are people's lives, not the butt of some asinine little "critique"

Lastangelman
Lastangelman

nope, T-Bone is healthy as a horse, it'd be an accident if that happened

Lastangelman
Lastangelman

nope missed, fell down hit his head and then kacked - thar's five bucks, now pay up

 
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