Andy Kaufman's brother Michael now says he is the victim of a hoax - not the perpetrator - that led people, including himself, to believe the comedian is still alive.
The Internet erupted with buzz after Michael sparked the rumors that he'd seen Andy Kaufman alive ... or at least seen proof in the form of his brother's daughter.
But almost as quickly as reports surfaced Thursday, the news seemed to fizzle, with Michael Kaufman CNN that he believes he is the victim of a hoax.
"Now that it's Thursday, not Monday ... I believe I am part of a hoax," Kaufman said, adding of the alleged daughter, who may be actress Alexandra Tatarsky.
"I don't believe she's acting on her own, though."
CNN's Jake Tapper pressed him: "Just to reiterate, you now don't think that it's true ... you think that this is a hoax and you were a victim of the hoax?"
"Correct," Kaufman said, denying he's part of the hoax.