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. The Truth

    Hey Bill Cosby – U MAD BRO?

    August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Monica

    I used to be a huge fan of Bill Cosby. I met him once. He was a miserable person, and treated many people horribly. I used to love his show, but I was so turned off at his behavior, I stopped watching. For someone who has a Ph.D in Education, I expected more from him. He was an icon. In a way, he died a long time ago.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nateru

    ...............seriously?????????...THIS is considered headline news???????????

    August 3, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    Cosby is most liberal's nightmare. He isn't afraid of the REAL FACTS. Facts like blacks are 24% of New York's population but are the cause of 67% of New Your's crime. He tells the home boys to take care of the basturds they father. No wonder the liberals hate Cosby.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. leonardpart7themovie(dot)com

    Leonard Part 7!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gannon_1

    the American publics willingness to believe anything they read (and pass on) on the electronic bathroom wall we call the internet never ceases to amaze me.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. david

    Oscar Wilde said it best. "Reports of my death have been greatly exagerated".

    August 3, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • havoc

      Mark Twain said it better.......JHC.

      August 3, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Tia C

      That was Mark Twain.

      August 3, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Admin

    BILL COSBY JUST DIED!!!!! JUST NOW!!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. havoc

    Bill Cosby's NOT dead? That's the story?!?!? LMFAO......

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    August 3, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Todd

    Bill Cosby the entertainer "died" long ago.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    Hey Bill. Please make sure that before you die someday, bring back the Little Rascals for my enjoyment again. I miss those shows.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. dennis

    He would have stolen the moment from Mitch Miller, the way Michael Jackson stole it from Farah

    August 3, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jay

    Razzle Frazzle dippity doo

    August 3, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. I like Cos

    Just saw Bill on SATURDAY night. very funny. conversing like you'd expect an older guy to do. BTW: his act had NO mention of race, politics or swearing. he did bust some on how his wife runs the show in his house and he just wants to be left alone in quiet. Show was funny, smart, affordable and engaging. A good model.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. howard stern

    bill cosby is dead

    August 3, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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