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. Jillian

    how your health Bill Coby?

    July 9, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jillian

    How your health Bill Coby? I'm a friend that consuren not a rumber stared.

    July 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. retta

    Love Bill Crosby and would love to meet him in person. I have a lithograph i would love to add to his collection. Very unusuall

    August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jonathan Olenick

    Bill Cosby for President, I think its a great idea!!!!!! Jon.

    August 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brock

    To you idiots posting his name it is Bill COSBY, not Coby, not Crosby, morons.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joshua F.

    Wow, 4 times... Thats when you know you have made it.. When they keep tryn to kill ya but you wont go down. I tip my hat to you Mr. Cosby. You have handled this with allot of class. I hope these rumors stop bc the whole nation will shed a tear with the passing of such an Icon. And these tears allthough sad, should not be in vain. Best of luck to you sir- Joshua F

    February 4, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Khocolat

    OMG! He is soooo silly. STEVEN WRIGHT! Rotflmbo!

    February 7, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill Baker

    I love me some Ben Crosby. It's Baker Baby!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve carpenter

    love u Bill, watched u as a child when u were on nickelodian,with ure magic pen that made noises.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maya k

    lol bill rebuttal is a word ❤

    June 18, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cassandra Carter

    Yay!!!? I was super sad 😦 glad ur okay old man

    July 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SHERESE

    PEOPLE DONT HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO , BUT TO TALK CRAZY . I LOVE YOU BILL COSBY I'M A TRUE FAN. WHO EVER WROTE THAT IS SOMEONE WHO NEED A LIFE. BILL COSBY YOUR TRULY THE GREATEST

    August 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David F

    C'mon bro... Steven Wright is a white man... lol...

    August 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Elaine G.

    Okay..So knocking on 'somebody's' door and running is called, 'Playing Games' but saying someone left this world when God didn't call them back 'home' is NOT funny! Be careful how you treat someone or else you will reap what you sow! Love you Bill Cosby!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
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