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. Carrie Standbery


    August 28, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BJ

    love you Mr.Cosby still 1 of your biggest fans!

    August 29, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. John Balmer

    So is he dead then?

    August 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Heimlick

      Then dead he is so.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Only his career is dead.

      August 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kaiden willis

    me and my dad im really nine ok but anyways me and my dad wacth your show and the one episode when she tries the soup and she cant talk
    love you

    August 29, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Not Funny

    Bill, that's ok. Leonard Part 6 and Ghost Dad were not funny either. We're even.

    August 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mandy

    I cried too until I got my wits about me and decided to delve deeper to see if it was true. I am so thankful it was just a rumor. I grew up with Bill Cosby...Chicken Heart, Fat Albert, The Cosby Show, and now I watch Little Bill with my son. Bill Cosby been a consistent and positive presence throughout my life. LOVE YOU BILL COSBY!

    August 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jason Bourne

    I have heard the same rumour for 10 years now that Bill Cosby is alive! Is he? Is he really? prove it.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. OHMSS 1969

    Bill Cosby is a comedy legend. There aren't many of those left. You better hope he isn't dead.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steven Irving

    I download Bill Cosby's app! He's coming to my city soon! 😀

    August 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. faith cartwright

    i love u bill im glad u are still alive

    August 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BBM

    I was schocked to read several comments last week wishing that the hurricane would wipe out Haitians. What a heartless thing to wish for other human beings! Well, for those who were hoping that Isaac would just be another punishment sent from God JUST for emporished Haiti, God is also God for the needy: Isaac was not event a hurricane yet when it passed over Haiti. There is never anything to rejoice about when others are hurt by natural disasters: they happen anywhere, to any nations, no matter how rich, poor, developed or under-developed. We should all pray for those affected.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Tina

    I am do glad Bill is still with us, this rumor was not funny at all. Love you Mr Cosby

    August 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Emmy Villa

    Look at this Way Mr Cosby no one will try to kill u because they think u r already dead.There so many idiots in this world and to think u r dead let them be.Anyway u r the best comedian in the world and my favorite God bless u and your family.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zack Ryder

    I thought I saw his ghost years ago?

    August 30, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Randall Bart

    I think a major source of this hoax is CNN, which put this story in the hot stories list two years after the fact. Every day there is some old story in the hot news list, and it is annoying.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
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