TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Andy Kaufman

Video of Alleged Daughter

MY FATHER LIVES

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

111313_andy_koffman_daughter_launch
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.

1113-andy-kauffman-getty
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

  • Yes
  • No
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 ...

1113_andy_kaufman_remembering_footer

293 COMMENTS

No Avatar
91.

Yes    

Andy died because he went to a cancer charlatan (psychic healing) instead of oncologists for cancer treatment.

155 days ago
92.

Jay    

If true, a shame he felt he couldn't trust his brother to be in on it, that he wanted to be out of the spotlight, many celebs have left the spotlight purposely and moved to a secluded place without planning a hoax, acting like they're dying of cancer and did "fake" die, that's just plain wrong and mean, isn't it also illegal? If true, horrid of him to make his brother go through that, are the parents still alive?

155 days ago
93.

JimmyCrapCorn    

This is so contrived and poorly acted. How long did she practice the quirky gestures and bug-eyed look?

Pathetic.

155 days ago
94.

billybob    

Andy, Elvis and Michael were recently seen in Kansas City, shopping at a gift mart.

155 days ago
95.

Ozzie X    

File this under obscure and no one gives a f***

155 days ago
96.

pela    

Same thing with 2pac lol

155 days ago
97.

John    

I understand that Andy is one of the guards holding Jimmy Hoffa in Elvis's basement.

155 days ago
98.

kimlarc    

how about option C. who gives a ****!!!

155 days ago
99.

Shannon Nutt    

That was obviously staged by the people running the event - otherwise, they would have escorted her off stage immediately. Not a very good actress.

155 days ago
100.

Genny    

http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/imagecache/750x970/do***ents/kaufmandeath_0.gif

death certificate

155 days ago
101.

David    

who cares!!!!

155 days ago
102.

Rushmore    

For those of you doing the math on how old she is....to that I say, duh. If he didn't die, and that's what she's claiming, then he would have lived to have her in 1989. So, duh.

But even so, he is dead, and this is an attempt by his brother at making an Andy Kaufman joke. Doesn't work , though.

155 days ago
103.

Gina    

This isn't true. His death is noted on the California Death index on Ancestry.com as being 16 May 1984. However, I didn't see anything under SS Death index. Weird.

155 days ago
104.

barb    

Bob Zmuda would know the truth.

155 days ago
105.

moveover    

Gullible people love a good conspiracy / mystery .... no matter how ridiculous it is. Sheeesh.

155 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web