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Andy Kaufman

Video of Alleged Daughter

MY FATHER LIVES

11/14/2013 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Andy Kaufman is still alive and his death in 1984 was a HOAX ... so says a 24-year-old woman who claims to be his daughter ... and here's the thing -- her claim is NOT without some evidence.

It all went down Monday at the 9th Annual Andy Kaufman Awards at the Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. The event was hosted by Andy’s brother Michael ... and during his closing speech, the unidentified 24-year-old woman approached the stage.

You have to see it for yourself -- but the woman explained Kaufman has secretly been living as a stay-at-home dad with a wife and daughter after faking his own death from cancer 29 years ago.

The story goes that Andy faked his death to escape the spotlight and live in solitude.

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The woman's account dovetails eerily with a story Michael told during the ceremony about a letter he found while going through Andy's stuff -- a letter Andy wrote explaining a plan to fake his death.

As for the evidence, here's what we found:

1.  When you look up Andy on the Internet database of record, there is no date of death listed.

2.  In 2001, the database shows Andy lived in Cook County, Illinois.

3.  There's another address indicating he lived in Westchester County, NY later in 2001.

Speculations and rumors have swirled ever since Kaufman passed that his death was an elaborate hoax -- so while the woman's story is shocking, it's not entirely unbelievable.

As for when Andy plans to reveal himself, the woman said he had considered coming out that night -- but backed out at the last minute.

So we gotta ask ...

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136.

SenorPlaid    

SAPS!!

253 days ago
137.

Shoozie    

She seems like a flake and why, IF, AK faked his death, would she out him? Why would he be a stay-at-home dad 4 years before she was born? Rest in Peace, Andy and know that you are still remembered all these years later.

253 days ago
138.

geeker    

She's an actress. :/
Other sources are saying her name is Alexandra Tatarsky and her father is a Doctor.

253 days ago
139.

BellaBoo    

She doesn't lie well...

253 days ago
140.

gossip_woman    

you can tell by her expression and hands movement she is lying. someone put her up to it to continue his thing about being alive... it was a hoax to make people think he is. she was cracking as she was talking about it. not a good actress that is for sure.

253 days ago
141.

geeker    

Was I censored?

253 days ago
142.

Chey    

This website shows his death cert... http://andykaufman.jvlnet.com/death.htm

253 days ago
143.

buttercup    

Her body language and speech patterns are exactly what I would do when I was trying to make up an outrageous whopper of a story and try sell it to my mother just for the fun of it. I say Not Buying It.

253 days ago
144.

heidi    

I'm in. I'll say yes. Finally somebody who is rumored to be alive for decades is actually alive-that'd be strangely satisfying. That said, those who said humor has changed are right-not sure the reception he'd get. I can somewhat understand his 'journey' tho, he seemed to be dealing with major mental health issues, along with the comedic genius and fascination with hoax and the human psyche.

253 days ago
145.

Drew    

This girl is a hired actress, hired by Kaufman's brother, Michael:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/actress-in-andy-kaufman-hoax-675432

253 days ago
146.

heidi    

Since this is clearly been found to be a hoax, why is she getting press for it???

253 days ago
147.

meee    

TMZ, you've got this actress' real name, go find her, ask her what's with pretending to be andy's daughter, is michael involved?

253 days ago
148.

notta    

So IMDB has the inside scoop but still puts updates? Those sons of bitches!!!

253 days ago
149.

Blake    

FAKE. Google "Alexandra Tatarsky."

253 days ago
150.

Umm ok...    

It's weird, I find her presentation suspicious but this is definitely something Kaufman would have done. If you look back at some of his appearances though, he would act like he was coughing sporadically and sometimes forced as though it was something he wanted people to see. As for people saying it would be offensive to hoax a cancer death...cancer was a very different thing back then, so little was known and people in general weren't so concerned with being politically correct. I hope it's true.

253 days ago
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