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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.

Andy's alive

  • Yes
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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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This women IS Andy Kaufman. He had a sex change operation. GENIUS!

157 days ago

The Zombie    

It would be brilliant, sneaky and hilarious... and he was all three. I don't think he's alive, but it would be fecking awesome if he was.

157 days ago


Elvis Presley is still alive. He's been living as an Elvis impersonator for the past 35 years.

157 days ago


I hope its true, he didn't have to do the whole cancer bit. But, I guess he had to pick something, maybe a heart attack would have been better? Hopefully he is alive and well and doing whatever it is he wants to do, its his life...

157 days ago

Jamie Foster    

Why am I seeing proof that this is a hoax and noone isnt. This is her, an actor in ny with her father posted on facebook. Clearly her dad is not andy

157 days ago


If he died 29 yrs. ago, and she's 24, then she could have been born. It doesn't add up.

157 days ago

Aye Aye Ampersand    

Here's another video for you - this one is her ACTUAL father - - as you can see, he's not Andy Kaufman. I just hope Michael was in on this, because otherwise this is an AWFUL trick to play...

157 days ago


The "daughter" is actually a New York actress named Alexandra Tatarsky. Just keeping the brand alive.

157 days ago


He lives with Elvis....

157 days ago


Someone had to sign the death certificate. TMZ, you're good at hunting these things down. Do us all a favor and find the death certificate and publish it.

157 days ago


He was pretty good at messing with people & what they believed (or he made them believe). Not everyone's taste though. I had at least one relative that couldn't stand the guy. I liked him but mainly because I got his silliness & I think it went right past some people. You know some have a different sense of humor & others none at all. There has been a rumor for years that he had a child ,but just looking at this girlI think she's too young.

157 days ago


this girl is a lousy actress, she's faking it, this is a joke. this is not a sincere girl. her body language says it all.

157 days ago


all tmz has to do is check the coronor's office. this is shameful. surprised his brother would do this. kaufman died from cancer.

157 days ago


I think Andy has done the greatest trolling of all time. He had people believe he faked his death long after he passed away. He may have instructed his friends and family to help him with this and clearly it has worked. Too bad Andy himself isn't seeing how well his plan works.

157 days ago


I saw Andy's house about a year before he died. It was near a cul de sac overlooking the ocean in Palisades and there is no way he would have faked his death. The house was amazing and the view even better. Sorry to say, He is dead. Would love it if he wasn't.

157 days ago
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