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It’s an urban legend that’s been around for decades: Actor and comedian Andy Kaufman didn’t actually die, he faked his death as the ultimate prank.
Now that urban legend has resurfaced, with a small group of fans believing he’s alive and living in Albuquerque.
“I do find it fascinating and I think there’s a very strong possibility that this could be for real,” said Edgewood-based writer Jack Bristow.
“He told people he was going to fake his death before it happened, years before,” Bristow said.
As the story goes, fans say Kaufman has a biological son, known as Stephen Maddox , who spent years trying to track down his father. Maddox dedicated a website to it and eventually tracked him down in Albuquerque two years ago.
They say he created this cryptic video and posted it online after Kaufman apparently didn’t want anything to do with him.
But it’s one particular clip that causes the most speculation, fans say Maddox says it show Kaufman at work in Albuquerque 2011.
It seems unlikely that Kaufman really did fake his death. Even his closest friends and family say that Andy is really dead.
While Kaufman did joke about faking his own death, he also said he’d make a revelation 20 years after his supposed death. It’s been almost 30 years now. He might have been an eccentric performance artist/comedian and prankster but he’s behind schedule on the reveal. He just joins the long list of celebs who are supposedly still around. Funny, none of them was every actually caught alive.
It’s not unusual for people to look like celebrities and seeing as how the last known pictures we have of Kaufman are close to 30 years old, it’s difficult to say just what he’d look like today.