Legendary comedian passed away on May 16, 1984 — or did he? Michael Kaufman, Andy’s brother, made a bizarre claim at an awards ceremony that Andy faked his own death — and also announced that Andy had a 24-year-old daughter, as well! Read on for more shocking details.
Andy Kaufman passed away at the age of 35 from cancer — but at the Andy Kaufman Awards in NYC on Nov. 11, Andy’s brother, Michael Kaufman, gave a speech and ended it with a claim that he discovered a letter from Andy that said he planned to pull off faking his own death. Andy also allegedly said that he was in love with a woman and they were raising a daughter together — and the night got even more strange when Michael welcomed a girl onstage who said she was the daughter from the letter!
Andy Kaufman: Brother Claims Comedian Faked Death & Has A Daughter
In Michael’s closing speech, he stated that he received a letter from Andy by way of having to mysteriously go to a certain restaurant in 1999 and then received another letter from an anonymous person, which is the one he referenced at the awards.
“Everything was great in his life and he just wanted to get away from being Andy Kaufman,” Michael said. He also claimed that the Taxi comedian was raising a daughter with a woman he loved — and at that point, the daughter mentioned in the letter was brought onstage. See the video of the daughter here!
The young woman said that Andy was secretly a stay-at-home dad now, and was planning on coming out of hiding after 29 years to shock the crowd — but ultimately backed out.
What’s so strange is that the comedian, known for having many alter egos as referenced in his biographical film starring Jim Carrey, Man on the Moon, was known to speak about faking his own death before he was pronounced dead!
Andy Kaufman: Spoke About Faking His Death Before He Died
“I witnessed the entire thing and I can tell you without a doubt this was not a prank,” Al Parinello, a friend of Andy’s (and the award show’s producer) told the Hollywood Reporter.
Andy reportedly told many friends throughout his life that he wanted to fake his own death, which has made death hoax rumors swirl about him since his death.
He has one known daughter, Maria Bellu-Colonna, who was born out of wedlock to Andy and his high-school girlfriend, and was placed for adoption.
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— Ivy Jacobson