Andy Kaufman Alive? Brother Claims Comic Faked Death, Alleged Daughter Concurs

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Andy Kaufman's brother claims the late comedian is still alive and even fathered a daughter after he is said to have passed away from lung cancer.

The star passed away at the age of 35 in 1984, or so the popular narrative goes. Kaufman fans have long speculated that his death was a hoax.

Rumors regarding his fate resurfaced Monday after his brother Michael gave a bizarre speech during the annual Andy Kaufman Awards in N.Y. City.

Michael told the audience that he believes Andy faked his death, having found an essay written by Andy detailing on how he planned to pull it off.

Andy's alleged daughter (above) also appeared to corroborate the story.

Michael claimed Andy's letter instructed him to go to a specific restaurant on Christmas Eve, 1999, upon which an anonymous man handed him another missive.

He then read that note aloud to the stunned New York City crowd.

Andy allegedly wrote "everything was great in his life and he just wanted to get away from being Andy Kaufman," adding that he had fallen in love.

He and the woman were raising a daughter together, he said.

At that point, Michael shocked the audience further by bringing a young woman on stage and introducing her as the 24-year-old daughter Andy spoke of.

The woman claimed Andy Kaufman is her father, living in secret as a stay-at-home dad, and had planned on coming forward that night but backed out.

She also claimed that Andy originally agreed to come out of hiding after 29 years to attend the awards, but he backed out at the last minute.

The Hollywood Reporter has since reached out to Michael, who claimed that the mystery woman was impossible to reach for any additional questions.

According to Ed Cavanagh, manager at the Gotham Comedy Club, "You could see by the look on [Michael's] face that it had an emotional impact on him."

Asked whether or not he believes the woman's story, Cavanagh adds, "I don't know whether somebody is perpetrating something on [Michael] or not."

"I'm truly 50-50 on this one."

Andy Kaufman Picture

Al Parinello, a lifelong friend of the comedian who produces the awards, said, "I witnessed the entire thing and I can tell you without a doubt this was not a prank."

Parinello tells The Hollywood Reporter that Michael, whom he describes as "accountant-like" in demeanor, is not prone to believing or mounting hoaxes.

Parinello is convinced of the story's veracity, even though he attended Andy Kaufman's funeral and saw his body with his own eyes nearly 30 years ago.

"It was closed casket," he recalls. "Only the family [and myself] saw the body."

"Andy was an aficionado of meditation," he explains, describing a "process where one could slow down his breath to a point where you can literally fool anyone."

Adds Parinello: "It was a very formal affair ... it wasn't as though they could prod or anything else. They were simply in the room and saw Andy laying in a coffin."

If Kaufman was still alive today, he would be 64.

You tell us ... is Andy Kaufman alive?

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