Andy Kaufman is still alive again

Another episode in the continuing saga of non-death rumors.

Andy Kaufman: Brother Claims Comedian Faked His Own Death – Hollywood Life.

Andy Kaufman passed away at the age of 35 from cancer — but at the Andy Kaufman Awards in NYC on Nov. 11, Andy’s brother, Michael Kaufman, gave a speech and ended it with a claim that he discovered a letter from Andy that said he planned to pull off faking his own death. Andy also allegedly said that he was in love with a woman and they were raising a daughter together — and the night got even more strange when Michael welcomed a girl onstage who said she was the daughter from the letter!

In Michael’s closing speech, he stated that he received a letter from Andy by way of having to mysteriously go to a certain restaurant in 1999 and then received another letter from an anonymous person, which is the one he referenced at the awards.

If he had disappeared under different circumstances (not cancer), who knows. It would be something to consider plausible, but is this claim? I doubt it. It sounds more like people enhancing the legend that he wanted to fake his own death. See this piece by the Smoking Gun:

In news that should shock nobody, the woman who appeared onstage this week claiming Andy Kaufman was alive–and that she was his daughter–is a New York actress whose actual father is a Manhattan doctor, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The woman, Alexandra Tatarsky was recruited by Michael Kaufman to play the role of Andy Kaufman’s daughter.

Maybe real death got in the way of the hoax and yet this comedy skit lives on.


Andy Kaufman’s Brother Says Comedian is Alive, in Love and Has a Daughter.

[Al] Parinello, who met Kaufman when they were undergrads at Grahm Junior College in Boston, says he is convinced of the story’s veracity, even though he attended Kaufman’s funeral and saw his body with his own eyes.

“It was a closed casket,” he recalls. “Only the family [and myself] actually saw the body.” How then does he reconcile Monday’s events? “Andy was an aficionado of meditation,” he explains. “One of the things Andy was taught at the highest level was a process where one could slow down his breath to a point where you can literally fool anyone that you may be dead when in fact you are alive. So that’s the one thing that Michael checked for.”

Last year he was supposedly spotted in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Before that, back in 2004, there was the infamous Andy Kaufman Returns blog which hasn’t been updated since 2008.

Read more about Andy Kaufman hoaxes over at Snopes.

After almost 30 years out of the spotlight wouldn’t it be very unlikley NO ONE ever saw him? Took a picture? Getting caught on a security camera? Kaufman died on May 16, 1984 in Cedars Sinai Hospital, California.  Death Certificate

You can even look up his grave.  People will believe, no matter what.

Is still man still alive? Will the rumors and hoaxes surrounding his supposed faked death ever die? Photo credit: Wikipedia

Is still man still alive? Will the rumors and hoaxes surrounding his supposed faked death ever die? Photo credit: Wikipedia


  15 comments for “Andy Kaufman is still alive again

  1. Rich
    November 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    This story is actually up on the BBC news site today. Amazing.

  2. November 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    It’s hard to predict what sort of craziness will make international news. It’s sort of like a germ that gets lucky to spread.

  3. latitude38
    November 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    well at least ……………elvis is still alive . according to a ” documentary, Elvis Found Alive (directed and produced by Joel Gilbert, also responsible for Paul McCartney Really Is Dead), not only is Elvis alive, he’s waiting for Barack Obama to leave office before he shows his face in public and picks up his music career where he left off. You see, Barack Obama” you have to love that story, but wait there’s more’s proving elvis lives ……………at least in legend–oG0n2FBo. i guess that’s what makes legends ……..legends–oG0n2FBo

  4. Suzanne de Nimes
    November 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Of particular interest for us, Andy Kaufman spent the last six months of his life under the “care” of a charlatan, a “psychic surgeon” based in, IIRC, the Phillippines.

  5. ZombyWoof
    November 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Perhaps he’s hiding out with Elvis.

  6. November 14, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I never thought of him as a comedian, more of a performance artist/complete goofball. This could be his final performance piece. But yeah, sadly, he is dead.

  7. November 14, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    And a PS–if you look at the photo of AK below just from the eyes up, he looks like Mel Gibson’s brother.

  8. November 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    This kind of hoax is actually reminds me of Andy’s Wrestling hoaxes. He used to appear in staged wrestling matches, and at some point he started appearing in public wearing a kneck brace, accusing one of the wrestlers of breaking his neck.

  9. Lagaya1
    November 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    On the third day they rolled away the stone and… Oh, sorry, wrong story.

  10. Richard
    November 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Elvis IS alive, I saw him having lunch with Big Foot and Roswell Aliens at a Burger King outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  11. November 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Michael Kaufman was hoaxed? Mmmhmmm… :rolleyes:

  12. November 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    And, like Generalissimo Francisco Franco, Andy Kaufman is still dead.

  13. Chris Howard
    November 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Ooh! Ooh! Someone should paint a painting like the ones of dogs playing poker, but with Kaufman, Tupac, Elvis, Paul McCartney, D B Cooper, and Jesus!

    Would Jesus or Elvis have the Royal Flush? Inquiring minds want to know!?

  14. Brian
    November 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    For one second, I read that as ‘they rolled away the Stones’……..

  15. Daryl Lict
    November 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Andy may be gone, but there is no question that the great Tony Clifton is still very much with us.

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