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Andy Kaufman

Video of Alleged Daughter


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

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.

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

311 days ago


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

311 days ago


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..

311 days ago

Tim C    

Dead or alive, still not funny.

311 days ago


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.

311 days ago


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.

311 days ago


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

311 days ago


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

311 days ago

Black Adam    

And Tupac is on an island sipping a Daiquiri. SMH

311 days ago


This isn't his daughter, smoking gun found out who she really is.

311 days ago


People, if you believe this story and that he is still alive then you fell for what Andy loved to do himself. She's not doing anything different then he once did. Yes he is dead and yes you can easily look up his official death certificate with a date on it. There will always be rumors or him being alive and is even a very fake video of his grave being dug up. This is nothing more then to keep his legacy alive. Nothing more.

311 days ago


This woman looks & acts like a complete NUT CASE...I wouldn't believe a word she has to say...PERIOD... btw, what drugs is she on???? Give me a break...This story is totally insane like this moron.....

311 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

I am Andy Kaufman. I just wear this chimp suit to throw people off.

Poops for all.

311 days ago


Her last name is Tartasky, she's an actress and her fartehr is a doctor.....

311 days ago


I'm sure the IRS would like to have a talk with him.

311 days ago
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