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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.

Andy's alive

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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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293 COMMENTS

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151.

heidi    

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

153 days ago
152.

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?

153 days ago
153.

notta    

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

153 days ago
154.

Blake    

FAKE. Google "Alexandra Tatarsky."

153 days ago
155.

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.

153 days ago
156.

heidi    

Ah man, F that and F any fame she gets from this.

153 days ago
157.

Patti    

there is no way that someone can live so secretly that was so famous....someone (a neighbor, store clerk, fast food drive thru server) had to have seen him....I'm not saying he isnt alive....or am I....lol

153 days ago
158.

BigKahuna    

You don't fake your death by going thru radiation therapy, which he did. You don't fake your death by dying in the hospital in front of nurses, doctors, staff, administrators, etc..

153 days ago
159.

Tim C    

Dead or alive, still not funny.

153 days ago
160.

INTHEZONE    

i just got a call from andy
he says that's not his daughter

153 days ago
161.

Southflgirl    

Kaufman’s death certificate is on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and is also available on the web site The Smoking Gun.

In November 2013 at the 9th Annual Andy Kaufman Awards at the Gotham Comedy Club in NYC a woman came forward claiming to be Andy Kaufman's daughter. She said that he is alive and wanted to live a quiet life and raise a family. [40] However, The Smoking Gun reported that the woman is an unrelated actress who was recruited by Kaufman's brother Michael to play the role of Andy's daughter.

153 days ago
162.

Mike    

If there is anyone who would actually fake their own death it would be Andy Kaufman. I remember thinking at the time that Andy announced his terminal cancer that it was probably another one of his gags. Unfortunately Andy Kaufman is indeed dead and this girl is a known actress named Alexandra Tatarsky.


Andy would have loved what she has done.

153 days ago
163.

rusty    

Andy is dead but his jokes on society live on. Genius!!

153 days ago
164.

NOT ELMO    

but the woman explained Kaufman has secretly been living as a stay-at-home dad with a wife and daughter.............I BELIEVE IT, I ALSO BELIEVE THOR IS REAL AND REALLY FLIES.............LOL

153 days ago
165.

Black Adam    

And Tupac is on an island sipping a Daiquiri. SMH

153 days ago
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