Saturday 22 July 2017

Dinner means a date with death? Let me dispel the myth

Several celebrities have perished after a chat with me, but there's a reasonable explanation, writes John McEntee

The June edition of The Oldie magazine in Britain carries a poignant interview with the former British heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper.

A cartoon of Our 'Enry emblazons the cover and the words inside are in the magazine's 'Still With Us' section. Sadly, Henry went to the celestial final count just as the magazine was going to press. The byline on the interview is mine. I carried out his last interview prompting Oldie editor Richard Ingrams to tell the London Evening Standard: "It's the curse of McEntee. He once killed the oldest man in Ireland."

While refuting this slur, I have to confess to an unfortunate penchant for selecting apparently healthy luminaries for interview only to find that shortly after our amiable encounters they are, to paraphrase Monty Python's parrot, deceased celebrities, no more, gone, dead.

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