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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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61.

INTHEZONE    

John Stonehouse, a British politician who faked his own suicide by drowning in order to escape financial difficulties and live with his mistress. He was discovered in Australia - where police initially thought he might be Lord Lucan - and jailed.

161 days ago
62.

Anon    

If he is alive, he should have made an appearance last December when half of the population was waiting for the world to come to an end.

161 days ago
63.

arforama    

I have some ocean front property in Nebraska if you believe this crap.

161 days ago
64.

duh    

The woman's real name is Alexandra Tatarsky. She is an actress living in NYC.

161 days ago
65.

duh    

The woman's real name is Alexandra Tatarsky. She is an actress living in NYC.

161 days ago
66.

IceGypsy    

Andy was a strange strange man, but not sure that even he was strange enough to pull something like that.

161 days ago
67.

Cynic    

and i thought fraud was a crime.. nah not if you are rich

161 days ago
68.

Kay    

DNA tests need to be done on her and his brother Michael to see if they are related. Duh!!!

161 days ago
69.

Jay W.     

She's a good actress. She had the Andy / Latka mannerisms down. Andy Kaufman is dead.

Died May 16, 1984 (aged 35)
West Hollywood, California, U.S.

"Kaufman himself reputedly claimed that if he were to fake his death, he would return 20 years later, which would have been in 2004."

161 days ago
70.

Mary    

I'm not sure how you can say when you look on the internet there's no date of death. http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/imagecache/750x970/do***ents/kaufmandeath_0.gif
He was a comic genius and extremely eccentric. He said he would fake his death and come back to "life" in 20 years. There's never been any real proof that happened, this is nothing new.

161 days ago
71.

demoncat    

though he would be really old be now would not put it past Andy after all this time to do something like this for after all he created tony clifton but truth is andy has been pushing up daisies for a long time besides andy would also wind up in legal trouble for faking his death

161 days ago
72.

helen    

The Smoking Gun website showed a copy of his Death Certificate when rumours about faking his death surfaced during the promotion of the movie Man on the Moon. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/do***ents/crime/andy-kaufmans-hangin-elvis-0

161 days ago
73.

Sharon    

Here is a date of death:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Kaufman&GSfn=Andy&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=1789&df=all&

161 days ago
74.

JJ    

Who cares?

161 days ago
75.

Clayton    

Now. Where's Tupac?

161 days ago
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