Who’s next in line to die?

FILE This Saturday Aug. 15, 2009 file photo Britain’s Robin Gibb performs in the park of Ledreborg Castle near Roskilde, Denmark. (AP Photo/Polfoto,Jens Dige) 

By Connor Rice

The third time is a charm.

Well, sometimes.

On April 18 and 19, American culture took a big hit with the passings of TV’s Dick Clark and The Band drummer Levon Helm, respectively. If you’re anything like I am, you were a bit saddened by the news. But you’ve also got to be thinking, who’s next?

Things tend to come in threes. Blind mice, wise men and Star Wars films are all perfect examples. But this phenomenon also tends to occur with celebrity deaths. Remember when Billy Mays, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson all kicked the bucket within a week of each other?

With the sadness of last weeks announcements comes the unavoidable feeling that more bad news is just around the corner. Here are my predictions for who might be next.

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees:

For now, Gibb is stayin’ alive. But recent weeks have seen the disco singer fight pneumonia and slip into a coma. It was also revealed that Gibb suffers from advanced bowel cancer. The Associated Press reports that he has made an excellent recovery, but doctors are still wary.

Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones:

Along with Iggy Pop, Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and cockroaches, Richards has long been on the list of candidates “most likely to survive a nuclear explosion.” Name a drug, a liquor or a brand of cigarette and he has most likely done it, drank it and/or smoked it. But with the postponing of the Stones’ 50th anniversary tour, and the talk of scaling it down to only several major cities, reports of Richards’ health declining begin to take on more of a surreal note. A close source told Rolling Stone magazine that he hasn’t been totally right since the head injury he sustained from falling out of a coconut tree in 2006.

Zsa Zsa Gabor:

Within 10 years, a car crash, paralysis, strokes and an amputated leg have left the 95-year-old former actress and socialite in constant care. Gabor’s publicized state makes it easy to believe that, any day now, CNN could be running a round-the-clock recap of her fabled celebrity.