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Andy Kaufman still alive. Again

1 of 1 Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas in a shot from Taxi with Carol Kane as Simka
Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas in a shot from Taxi with Carol Kane as Simka

A brother of the late comedian, Andy Kaufman, has claimed once again that he faked his own death and is actually still alive.

Michael Kaufman appeared at the Andy Kaufman Awards on Monday night held annual at the Gotham Comedy Club where he introduced a woman to the crowd who he claimed was Andy Kaufman’s daughter born after his reported death.

The comedian, who was best known to TV audiences for his role as Latka Gravas in the long-running comedy series Taxi, died of lung cancer in 1984 at the age of 35 according to his death certificate.

His brother claimed a few years ago that he found an essay in which Andy detailed plans to fake his death.

A friend of the comedian who produced the awards told The Hollywood Reporter Al Parinello said "I witnessed the entire thing and I can tell you without a doubt this was not a prank."

He told how Michael followed instructions in the letter to meet Andy at a specific restaurant on Christmas Eve, 1999. An unknown man showed up who handed him a letter which claimed to be from Andy who said he faked his death to get away from being Andy Kaufman. The letter said he was in love and raising a daughter happily away from the limelight.

The 24-year-old woman he introduced to the crowd later made herself known to Michael as Andy’s daughter.

Parinello said he believes the woman’s story even though he attended Andy’s funeral.

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