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. Bill

    Rumours like this are just part of being famous. There are always rumours about some famous person being dead or seriously ill who is not just as there are rumours about famous dead people who are supposed to be alive. I remember years ago Burt Reynolds lost a lot of weight and there was a rumour that he had AIDS. If a famous female star loses weight a rumour starts that she is anorexic. The news media does not check a lot of things out before they report them, you cannot believe everything you read in the news.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dan R

    He is not retired. I saw a show of his in Red Bank NJ a couple months ago. He doesn't do any of the old stuff, but he's still funny. Tremendous charisma and ability to reach everyone in the room. You feel like he's an old friend even though you never met him.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. 1jimmyhoffa

    Hey Bill IS STILL ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. 1jimmyhoffa

    Oh my I just heard Bill Died

    August 3, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. 1jimmyhoffa

    Wait he is still alive YEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. 1jimmyhoffa

    OOOOOH NOOOOOOOOO guess what, yes he is dead again.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. JMiller

    For god's sake, are people still believing everything (anything?) that comes from Twitter. Check out a few other sources people, before you jump to some concluion based on what one person says.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. NavyVet

    He's a comedian. Who cares if he's dead? I agree that tweeting news of his death is tacky, but I doubt if I'll be affected much when he dies.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. django

    While Cosby as a person is a decent guy...this is another in a line of non stories that really compromise whatever journalistic integrity this American Pravda has...

    August 3, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bill

    Can someone say 4chan is behind this.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. John

    Really this has gone too far. I for one, Personally think this Continued attack on Bill is disgraceful. Good on you BilL, never give up!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Elaine

    No one is perfect. If you are then I guess you are Jesus. But this man has done so much to help all races. The fact that he tells his own to do what is right, take care of their kids, and young ladies should be young ladies instead of trying to be video ho's is commendable. He is an example for everyone. A kid who got out of the the Philly projects, got an education, became famous and didn't leave a man behind. And not to mention lost his own child to the senseless violence he "preaches" against. He may have cheated and he may have lied to his family when he did, but if many of us could be half the person he is we would be a lot better off. Cause when you give $20 million to a college while you are alive (he has actually given more, that was just a lump sum that people found out about), and campaign for the less fortunante then you can talk.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. richard h

    For many, Bill Cosby was first serious challenge to image Black men were irrisponsible immoral, or goofy. He was even in the comedy show and Sit Com a man to be respected and I read his book. I would have been indeed fortunate were he to call me friend. I am greatful he is still with us. We will be poorer for his passing.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. SJtR

    screw bill cosby. all he did was help incite the blacks to riot in cincy ohio just because they didnt get their crybaby way. many lost respect for him because of this

    August 3, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lyle ;$

      wow whoever started this rumor has no life what so ever.....this is really sad. really immature ide bet my life it was a 12 year old who wrote that. why would you do such a thing i wud be ashamed of myself and rlly embarresed. if you ever get caught...HA no words to describe what will happen.

      February 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TI

    is this really front page news? slow day, cnn?

    August 3, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
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