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. tipsana

    I just saw Cosby's show here in Minn on Saturday. Even in his 70's, this guy had the audience rolling. My face hurt from a full 90 minutes of smiling and laughing! Take care Mr. Cosby, and stay well.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Diane

    I can't understand how the person who posted Bill's death can be so cruel. What's wrong with you? Knock it isn't (and never was) funny. Bill Cosby means a lot to some of us. I watched Fat Albert growing up. My kids and I watched the Cosby show and enjoyed the Huxtables so much. Now, I watch Little Bill with my grandchildren. It is a great teaching tool and opens up many a conversation between us. I actually served chocolate cake for breakfast once and used Bill's story about chococolate cake for breakfast...please leave this kind man and his family alone!

    August 3, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennie

      I love The Cosby Show. One of the best of the best!

      August 3, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jennie

    I think narcissistic people should be banned from commenting here. Saying things like, "he's alive but his career is dead" is so lame.

    Anywho, glad you're still with us, Bill!

    August 3, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dredd

    Maybe he is lying! I saw his ghost one time in a movie. Maybe it wasn't a movie but real facts! I dont think we should give him credits so fast about his declarations. I believe Twitter more....but not tweets comming from his account. I'am not used to trust ghosts.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. ficheye

    I hope that, when he does finally go, he is stuffed like Roy Rogers horse, Trigger. Then we can always be near to him. I hope that they get the eyes right. Right now they're a little weird... maybe they could fix that.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. SOLEY

    I always wanted to have a father like Bill Cosby . One who can make you lough even when you are crying.One who can make you feel that you are still special in any way no matter what.
    i love you Bill.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. beartaco

    Ghost Dad all over again.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. BobKAT

    Cosby can't die ... he hasn't even been in a TVLand sitcom yet.

    August 3, 2010 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Natch

    To any idiot who likes to start or spread internet rumors and careful what you wish for, you may someday get it.

    August 3, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Abe Vigoda

    Seriously, why do you have to drag me into this? What did I ever do to you? Is there a Bill Cosby Firefox extension? Didn't think so. Big deal, he's got an app. I have Barney Miller.

    August 3, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. noreason

    did you all know bill cosby died and thats just a doppelganger

    August 3, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Breit

    i know this is ironic, but i hear now he really is dead

    August 3, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. The Man

    Breaking News: PRINCESS IS DEAD!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the info Breit.

    August 3, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Da Professor

    Bill Cosby is NOT dead. He is alive and kicking as the saying goes. The RUMOR is a LIE!
    It reminds me of the other LIE being circulated among DUPED people.
    That LIE being circulated states that the Congress, controlled by the Democrats have passed a law giving them a salary increase for the years 2010 and 2011.

    That is a LIE being circulated (one of many by the way) by the Republicans and the Tea Party. They will do ANYTHING and say ANYTHING to regain CONTROL of Congress and the White House.

    FACT - , Months ago, the Democrats passed a law that froze their salary for the years 2010 and 2011 and Obama approved that law and signed that law into being.

    QUESTIONS - Are you guilty of passing along that blantant lie for the Republicans or the Tea Party? Will you have enough integrity to now tell your friends that you were duped by the Republicans and the Team Party and apologize to your friends?

    August 3, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Your slightly off the topic, aren't you? Its strange how so many people bring politics into a topic that has nothing to do with politics. Bill Cosby is dead and this means that the Republicans are a bunch of liars.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      Ok, seriously? What does an internet hoax made up by some punk about Bill Cosby dying have to do with politics????? OMG, let it go. This has nothing to do with the dems or Obama or the Tea Party. It's about an entertainer!!!!! Good grief.

      August 3, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. chuck

    hey bill, when you die, can we have the little rascals back?

    August 3, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
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