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Ghouls bet on death.

Byline: JULIAN BROUWER in NEW YORK

INTERNET gamblers have been betting on who will be the next film star or celebrity to die.

Now fans of some stars are demanding that such websites be outlawed.

Cash4Cadavers.com - a sort of funereal version of Fantasy Football - invites players to put $10 each into a pool before January 2003 and select the 20 celebs they think will die next year.

Under the game's callous scoring, the more times a name is picked, the less points it is worth.

This means recently deceased celebrities, such as Britain's Queen Mother and Irish acting legend Sir Richard Harris - whose picture is featured with the word 'dead' in blood-coloured letters above it - were not a money-spinning bet.

The site explains: ''Since everyone seems to feel that Ronald Reagan's number is up, he's relatively worthless as far as points go."

As with Fantasy Football, Cash4Cadavers features a league table, rejoicing in team names like Worm Chow, Morgue Man, Dead Man Walking and From Here to Infirmary.

Leading the 2002 championship is Give Me A Cold One on 7995 points, though he may face ''stiff'' competition from Abra-Cadaver.

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Date:Dec 15, 2002
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