By Vic Diaz (@TheVicDiaz)
If you’ve seen the movie “Man on the Moon,” the biopic of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, you’ll vividly remember the final scene from the movie, which shows Kaufman’s infamous Tony Clifton character perform onstage, despite his best friend Bob Zmuda laughing along in the audience. It seems as though, that allusion may be more accurate than ever.
Rumors have begun to surface that claim that the former “Saturday Night Live” player may still be alive. Kaufman’s brother, Michael has stated that the comedian is still alive. The former Kaufman, who would be 64 should the rumors be true, passed away in 1984 at the age of 35 after falling to lung cancer. Kaufman is remembered for his over-the-top antics during his stand-up comedy routines, his performance during the TV show “Taxi” as the lovable Latka, and of course, his penchant for insulting women across the country as the “Intergender Heavyweight Champion.”
At the annual Andy Kaufman awards in New York City, Michael spoke to the audience and stated that he had every reason to believe that his brother was still alive. He corroborated this claim by revealing a message he received from Andy in 1999, stating that he had faked his own death in order to settle down with a woman he had fallen in love with. Michael also brought up a 24-year-old woman onstage who claimed to be Andy’s daughter, who said that her father is in fact alive, and is just waiting for the right moment to reveal himself once again.
(UPDATE 11/15/13): Lynne Margulies, Kaufman’s previous girlfriend at the time of his passing, is claiming that the comedian truly is deceased. Margulies is stating that the woman who presented herself as Kaufman’s daughter is simply pulling a hoax.
Margulies said, “I was in the hospital room. I was there. They would have had to switch bodies.”
A video of the revelation of Kaufman’s possible reappearance can be found below.