August 2nd, 2010
10:58 PM ET

Bill Cosby: I'm alive. Now, please cut it out

Bill Cosby is used to winking at internet rumors of his death. But after another one spread Monday, he said he hopes people will give the hoaxes a rest.

After false news of Cosby’s death spread by Twitter on Monday - "Bill Cosby died" was a trending topic on the microblogging service - the 73-year-old comedian talked to CNN's "Larry King Live" to prove he still is around.

"I don't want [whoever spread the rumor] to do this anymore, because this is my fourth time being reported [dead]," Cosby said by phone to CNN’s Kyra Phillips, who was sitting in for Larry King on Monday night.

Cosby used his wit to counter previous rumors. After the first, he borrowed a Mark Twain quote about reports of his death being an exaggeration.

But Cosby said Monday's rumor felt different. He said it left one of his friends in tears before he realized it wasn’t true.

"I don't know. Maybe a psychiatrist will say I'm feeding [the rumor starter's] ego, but I just want to say to friends of that person: Just tell him to stop, because it isn't funny."

On his own Twitter account, Cosby still went for a bit of humor Monday when refuting the rumor.

"Again, I'm rebuttaling rumors about my demise. But, I'm confirming I have an app," Cosby wrote before linking to an iPhone application featuring clips of the comedian's performances.

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  1. roy morrow

    S/O TO BILL COSBY AND HIS FAMILY! GOD BLESS THEM!

    August 30, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. William

    It just goes to show you that you can't keep a good man down. :)

    August 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. michelle paparis

    Im very happy to know mr.cosby is still alive. When my little brother told me that he had passed away...i got tears in my eyes. Mr.cosby is an insperation to me,and The Cosby Show has taught me how to raise my 4 kids with a little bit of patience! Super glad your still alive Mr.Cosby!

    August 31, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shelley

      I agree whole heart fully with you Michelle! I grew up watching Mr. Cosby, he is a wonderful, beautiful, man, and his humor at what life dishes out for him is awesome! I hope that whom ever is spreading these types of rumors would just stop. It is a cruel and very upsetting thing to do to Mr. Cosby and his entire family and his friends as well. God Bless you Mr. Cosby and thank you for giving the gift of making people smile! =)

      July 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. scott

    I agree with Mr. Cosby...this is not funny at all...it was shocking to see the other day, since to me he is an important person...his work is important to me, from The Electric Company to Fat Albert to 80s Cosby Show, during which (every Thurs 8:00PM-8:30PM) my phone was always turned off and answering machine volume turned down. I wonder what the perpetrator gets from this behavior...if he or she thinks about the jarring impact on other people, and if s/he does, is this impact what makes them happy? Getting pleasure from other people's distress, isn't that sadism? There's more than enough real bad news...it's hard to grasp why someone would add fake bad news to the plentiful real stuff.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Pete

    Who believes stuff they see on Twitter implicitly?

    August 31, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ralph Eskridge

    STOP SAYING that about that good man

    September 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. icon pack

    Let's talk, to me is what to tell.

    October 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. FIONA

    HOW COME THAT BILL COSBY IS 75 YEARS OLD WHILE I RECEIVED AN E-MAILFORWARDED TO ME FROM A FRIEND HIM BEING TIRED OF THAT AND THAT AND THERE IS SAYS HE IS CELEBRATING HIS 83 YEARS OLD?

    November 1, 2012 at 5:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jacob

    Wait – how do we know it's really Bill Cosby? Let him do the Jello commercial! :)

    November 23, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. lucy Mwangi

    Please stop killing Bill Cosby before his time. What if God gives him a long life...like over 100 years?

    May 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. lucy Mwangi

    There are some good and bad jokes. The joke about Bill Cosby's death is a bad joke. Kindly stop it.

    May 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Superstr8

    I am so glad Bill Cosby is not dead. He's right, it has long gone by that it was funny. May you have a long life Mr. Cosby.

    August 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. anirakx

    i love ure movie ghost dad best movie ever ure awsome

    February 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. mike

    Who cares about bill cosby one way or another. He was never funny, nor was he a good actor. And when his son was killed his wife promptly blamed America. I change the channel when one of his stupid shows comes on, not funny. As far as I'm concerned, he is dead, and no big deal.

    February 25, 2014 at 4:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Name*stephen

    Dear Mr Cosby I just want to say thank you for being you sir
    You have been a. Inspection in my life and with my family in front of our TV when I was a kid I lost my brother and that is one of my best. Memorys of him is watching. Your cosby show. Thank you sir you are a inspection. To the world thank you and God bless you sir

    February 28, 2014 at 4:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
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