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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    MR. COSBY, I am more then HAPPY to hear that you have not passed, you are such a great man in many ways. you bring smiles to our hearts in all that you do. I as a child, being 55 now, listened to an album, when your brother and yourself were suppose to go to bed, and your father in your voice would say, THE BELT'S GONNA WHALE TONIGHT, I would just laugh, maybe because I too was not suppose to be up in the bed listening to that album.. You as a man has shown others that a man can have style with grace. I enjoy all that you have done and all that remains for you to do as a man, an actor, and someone I look up to... Again, glad that you are well , enough to be alive, and I will continue to enjoy your humor.... VICTORIA A. GONSALVES....

    August 28, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dr. Judith Davidson I'm getting too serious, I know, but I just want to say how much I appreciate your work, and the way you do what you do. I'm a single adoptive mom, and my kids and I have watched every episode of the Cosby show with them about a gazillion times as they've grown up. It occurred to me at a certain point that we all were being taught all along, taught about human nature, about families, and about African-American culture and achievements. Would that George Lopez would take his cue from you, because my kids are Latino...I get tired of the kind of humor that trades on put-downs of his own people. What about the wonderful literature of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, for example, and all the amazing poetry and art to come out of the Hispanic world...

    August 28, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Arnold

    This is very sad! He will be missed.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. marragor

    Yeah – Have to agree with Mr. Cosby...not funny. Would not want to hear something (false or true) about one of my parents, friends, etc. on Twitter.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kiki

    Arnold get a LIFE will ya!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sherryl robertson

    I was really fooled & deeply hurt, but Thank God MR. WILLIAM "BILL" COSBY is still Alive, he has always been my Role Model, FAT ALBERT is still best cartoon ever,BATON ROUGE,LA love you Mister Cosby keep up the good work,and know this you are a good man & a smart man,thanks for educating the kids, your truly a blessing,forever my family & i will forever love you....THE ROBERTSON FAMILY OF BATON ROUGE,LA

    August 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. austin huyler

    lord i thankyou that mr cosby is here with his family today mr cosby i say be bless and have loving and happy day give GOD thank for life you be bless we love you. p.s tell your family hi for me

    August 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Neo

    Very funny, clean comedian, who's been the victim of a LIAR. Sad.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ah'sheet M'Drurz

    Allah be praised, the Cosby infidel still lives and breathes.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cindi

    so glad to know u are fine I was in tears u have been a big part of my life From fat Albert on up to now . Love you americas dad .

    August 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Skippy

    The guy use to be very funny...way back when, before he died so many times. 1972, maybe!

    August 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dipo

    I love Bill's performances in 'I Spy', and other movies/shows. Long Live BC.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Peet Garelith

    I heard that Bill Cosby died. So sad. He was hilarious in Mother, Jugs and Speed.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patrisha

    You guys who all putting up these sick comments and telling all that an actor or actress is dead when they are fully not!!!! You are sick and demented in the head!

    August 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hEY nOW 1966

    ummm, did anyone, ANYONE notice the date of this "this just in" article? august 2 2010! what the hell is CNN doing re-posting this garbage?

    August 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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