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. pearl

    Whoever is doing this should stop. Bill cosby is one of my best. Growing up, he was every childs dad. We love u bill. May God grant u more healthy days

    August 3, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Man

    Cosby will finally die tomorrow. Pluto is behind Jupiter which spells doom for everyone with names starting with C especially if Celebrity. He WAS a nice guy. RIP bro.

    August 3, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. David S

    Larry King is hardly the person to call to report that you are still alive!

    August 3, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Man

    You right David S – duh!!! I mean Larry King is dead right?

    August 3, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Corine

    omg thank God I cried and when I google it myself and found out it was not true I was happy....Bill Cosby is an awesome person and a role model!
    Ily Mr. Cosby

    Ps I can't believe one will wish death upon someone that's just wrong!

    August 3, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chinenye

    Bill is my best frm childhood till now.long live bill cosby

    August 3, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • The Man

      Onye igbo kedu ka odi?

      August 3, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Noah

    I want you to build an ARK, and eat chocolate cake, cuz dad is great

    August 3, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. The Man

    Corine – are DEAD correct on that one. Why would someone, why in a world full of peace loving nations and nice people ...why would someone want to kill Kenny?

    August 3, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. qball

    Cosby's been dead for years now. I loved him as a kid, and the Cosby Show was comedic genius week in and week out, but instead of resurrecting the stand up routine that got him into show business and endeared him to the public, lately he's been too busy speaking at conferences and getting paid to spout off about his socio-political leanings. R.I.P Bill...

    August 3, 2010 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. penny

    Rebuke it in the name of Jesus!

    August 3, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Man

    Omg – Bill has been ressurrected by penny!!! Please heal my ailing mind penny. I beg of thee.

    August 3, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Iron-e

    it's ok Bill, you must be rest assured that your name will be immortal in the books of the comedy kings. that's more than most people ever get in a lifetime. And it's the internet, it has a way of making things go the crazy.

    August 3, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. falon regian

    Dear bill cosby
    I jus want 2 say that i have loved watching your show every since i was little and my mom watched grew up watching you as well and got me hooked. now i am a mother as well and every night on tvland i sit my daughter down and we watch your show and she loves it. i jus want to say that whoever wrote that you were dead is a person without a soul or even a decent humanbeing. i think it is a nasty thing even say such a thing about such an amazing person. a person you dont see much anymore in this world. i know i dont know you personally but from what i can tell you just want to enjoy the rest of your life with your friends and family peacefully and to lose you would be a tragic day in hollywood. so whoever wrote those horrible things i would jus like to say " get a life and leave others alone". just like my mother use to tell me if you dont have something nice to say about someone then dont say nothing at all.

    August 3, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. princess

    The Man,ejg. u two re crazy. so all this post are not being seen by u fools. its you who will die soon. nonsense. i wish you long life my dear cosby. luv u. just dnt boda urself bout dese rubbish post by dis dumbs spreading dia death not u.

    August 3, 2010 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gary Wodicka

    I love reading these posts. Very intertaining. But I don't see anyone saying the truth. No one DIES. Am I the only one here that is living my life here on Earth with God? Really living it with him thru me. No religion. Love Bill as much as you guys.

    August 3, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
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