Scourge of tabloids, foreteller of entertainers' demises, a twisted website for sickos: call it what you want. It's a new year, and it's back.

The Death List has been around since 1987, having a laugh by guessing which celebrities, world leaders and members of royal families are most likely to die during the coming year.

After getting a record-breaking 17 out of 50 names correct last year, the site has now released its list for 2018, naming the 50 celebrities its 'expert committee' deems most likely to snuff it this year. Cheery stuff.

Credit: The DeathList 2018

"Below you will find a list of 50 celebrities which our expert committee has selected with the expectation that they will die during 2018," the website says.

"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?"

2017's DeathList proved fatally accurate, as a record-breaking 17 of the 50 people named on the list didn't make it to see the end of the year, breaking the site's previous record of 14.

Celebrities whose deaths the site's future-seers got right last year included veteran TV entertainer Bruce Forsyth, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and Moors murderer Ian Brady.

Ian Brady. Credit: PA

Although you might think making a game of guessing when people will pop their clogs is pretty morally loose already, it turns out that the DeathList does have its own strict set of rules.

"The DeathList has a few rules as follows: The nominees must be famous enough such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media," the site states.

"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."

You could argue that the DeathList is a bit grim and in poor taste, particularly as it features a death count at the top of the page.

The site's choices are selected by users on the forum. To be honest, it's as surprising that people are still using forums in 2018 as the amount of effort they put into drawing up the list.

Whatever you think about the DeathList, the celebs it names this year better climb inside their sterilised plastic bubbles until the year's out. Otherwise they'll be another name in red font on the site's proud hit list.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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