people you thought were dead but aren't

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Dave Allen (the 'irish' comedian)

i dont know how but i seemed to get the idea into my head that he died back in the mid 90s...sorry Dave, he should pop up on TV again just to let us know he's still around.

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 00:43 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I dreamed once that Joan Jett had died...and because that dream was so intense I have to remind myself every so often that she's alive and well. (, Tuesday, 7 January 2003 03:28 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I had a similar dream about Bob Dylan's death once

robin carmody (robin carmody), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 04:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Creepiest dream I've ever had was when I thought my mom died. This was some years back, for no good reason at all. Yeesh.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 05:51 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I thought Frank Zappa was dead for ages. then I read in the paper that he had just died. I killed him with my negative beliefs.

webcrack (music=crack), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 08:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Katherine Hepbern. Then I heard that there was an Audrey Hepburn who had died.

Sammy Davis Jr, cept he really was dead when I displayed surprise at seeing him on TV whilst I thought him dead.

Leee (Leee), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 08:19 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I knew it! I suggested the other day that Katharine Hepburn was still alive and everyone pooh poohed me. Bless her.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 08:48 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I once had an argument with someone who was convinced Martin Landau had died shortly after filming Ed Wood. It actually turns out that Tony Anholt died last year. Even Barry Morse is still going, I think.

Anyone see the interview with Henry Grimes in this month's Wire? Bassist with Albert Ayler in the 60s, the first question the poor fella asks is, "So, how is Albert doing?". Interviewer has to break the news that Ayler died in 1970.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 09:14 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Webcrack, you have that power too? I killed Princess Di with negative thoughts. I'm quite proud of that.

Mark C (Mark C), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 16:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Snake Plisken

DV (dirtyvicar), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 17:58 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Elvis, works down the chip shop

baggy (baggy), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 18:01 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Jimmy Snuka

Chris V. (Chris V), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 18:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

My ex-boyfriend killed Andy Warhol, Nico and Dali with the power of his negative thinking.

kate, Tuesday, 7 January 2003 18:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I killed Falco. The day before he died I was joking about him dying. And then he did. I never do that anymore.

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 18:14 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

A guy I knew somewhat randomly suckered me into going to see the Who with him this last tour (though I dig them, I don't so much him) and I sat so long thinking "Idon'twannago, Idon'twannago" that I killed John Entwhistle.

luna (luna.c), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:26 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Ultimate Warrior! Everyone thought that the things tied around his arms cut off circulation or something.

Leee (Leee), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:40 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Jean Grey.

Simon Generic, Wednesday, 8 January 2003 08:25 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Yogi Berra's still alive?!

Mark C, Monday, 17 March 2008 01:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

When Jane Russell turned up in a photograph for the Oscars I was amazed.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 March 2008 01:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

I thought Frank Zappa was dead for ages. then I read in the paper that he had just died. I killed him with my negative beliefs.

-- webcrack (music=crack), Tuesday, January 7, 2003 2:05 AM (5 years ago) Bookmark Link

I love that nobody cared enough to correct him.

Rock Hardy, Monday, 17 March 2008 01:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Thought for years that the actor that played Zack from Saved By The Bell was dead, it went around my school as a rumour. Believed it because why would anyone bother making that up? And it's not as if he was in the public eye a lot after the show finished, anyway.

Bodrick III, Monday, 17 March 2008 01:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Walter Cronkite. He already seemed to be kind of old in the famous clip where he announced that Kennedy was dead. I guess he would have only been in his mid-40s at the time though.

j-rock, Monday, 17 March 2008 07:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

he was still producing stuff as of a few years ago, CBS seems to have disavowed him entirely now probably because of his politics.

tremendoid, Monday, 17 March 2008 07:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Gene Wilder

admrl, Monday, 17 March 2008 07:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was fairly sure Alec Guinness had died at least 3 different times before he actually did die.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 17 March 2008 07:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

I thought Gene Wilder had died too, until I checked it on IMDb.

Tuomas, Monday, 17 March 2008 07:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

i thought harold gould died. not so

tremendoid, Thursday, 7 August 2008 18:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

(Dave Allen died in 2005, don't be confused by the opening post)

StanM, Thursday, 7 August 2008 19:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Billy Dods, Thursday, 7 August 2008 20:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

I remember being a bit surprised when I found out Doris Day is still alive. For some reason I seem to assume every celebrity who had his or her heyday before the 60s must be dead by now.

Tuomas, Friday, 8 August 2008 06:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also, apparently this thread put a jinx on Katharine Hepburn, who died only a few months after she was mentioned here.

Tuomas, Friday, 8 August 2008 06:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

heh I thought Katherine Hepburn was still alive :)

Ludo, Friday, 8 August 2008 09:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had a discussion the other day about someone that was all about whether they were alive or dead. I forget who it was now, and we never checked for confirmation either.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 8 August 2008 09:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

But yeah, Harvey Dent.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 8 August 2008 09:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

David Blaine was who we were talking about.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 8 August 2008 10:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, he was just buried alive.

NickB, Friday, 8 August 2008 10:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think people were hoping.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 8 August 2008 10:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

i just watched holiday today (Grant/Hepburn. excellent), she looks even more severe than usual but the character is wonderfully vibrant, as is grant (he does flips); i hadn't seen in ten yrs probably i was afraid i'd be disappoinged; lots of thoughtful lefty easter eggs in the script.

tremendoid, Friday, 8 August 2008 10:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Clive Dunn

blueski, Friday, 8 August 2008 11:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love how Abe Vigoda has a simple website devoted to his living 'status', I guess everyone must think he is dead.

MaresNest, Friday, 8 August 2008 12:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

ok wtf

Erich von Däniken!

Øystein, Monday, 11 August 2008 10:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Olivia de Havilland from 'Gone with the Wind' is still alive and still making a mockery of my Death Pool. Come on Ollie!

JTS, Monday, 11 August 2008 12:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was fairly sure Alec Guinness had died at least 3 different times before he actually did die.

Yes, for some he was the king of this

Tom D., Monday, 11 August 2008 12:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes, for some reason he was the king of this, that should read. I can think of at least two occasions when I bet someone that Alec Guinness was dead when he wasn't.

Tom D., Monday, 11 August 2008 13:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Charles Aznavour

Keep Carmody and Carry On (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Friday, 2 January 2009 10:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

For some reason I thought Pratchett was dead til I read an article by him today about his alzheimers. I think I confused him with Douglas Adams.

Trayce, Friday, 2 January 2009 10:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

<a href="";>Liz Smith</a>

Very pleased to find she's not and has just received an MBE. Good on her.

Not me I'm the Emotional Type (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 2 January 2009 10:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Liz Smith that is.

Not me I'm the Emotional Type (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 2 January 2009 10:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

peter o'toole

Gaz Promantino (Brohan Hari), Friday, 2 January 2009 10:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

he almost won a oscar last year brutha

missile loaded | com mode engaged | its a go (tremendoid), Saturday, 3 January 2009 01:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mother Angelica

Well, now when you think she's dead, you'll be right.

tokyo rosemary, Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:09 (two years ago) Permalink

welp, RIP

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Beverly Cleary

map, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 03:08 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Lewis Gilbert, 96.

Larry 'Leg' Smith (Tom D.), Monday, 16 May 2016 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Dr. Heimlich, 96, saves woman, eponymous manouveur:

Liquid Plejades, Friday, 27 May 2016 23:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Was surprised that Tina Turner was still alive

Drop soap, not bombs (Ste), Sunday, 29 May 2016 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Doc Severinsen, still doing gigs

kind of lolth but mostly strahd (los blue jeans), Monday, 30 May 2016 00:31 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Lee Majors just appeared as Ash's dad in Ash vs Evil Dead. haven't heard of him in ages so assumed he was dead. Is he doing other stuff still?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 10:30 (two years ago) Permalink

He was in the Dallas reboot a couple of years back and I too was surprised he wasn't dead.

ailsa, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 11:20 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Trini Lopez turned 80 yesterday

Josefa, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:17 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Frank Sinatra's first wife Nancy is still alive - the mother of Nancy "Boots" Jr., Frank Jr., and Tina. She married Frank in 1939.

She turns 100 in September.

Josefa, Friday, 30 June 2017 15:33 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Kenneth Kaunda.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Monday, 20 November 2017 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

he looks tremendous for 93.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Monday, 20 November 2017 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

johnny mathis

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:44 (one year ago) Permalink

he's still performing christmas concerts!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Johnny Rivers too, he's playing locally soon.

nickn, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Malaprop comedian Norm Crosby

Josefa, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 06:56 (one year ago) Permalink

he looks tremendous for 93.

Presbyterianism keeps you young obviously.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 09:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Ken Dodd

nashwan, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Last I heard - which was admittedly a couple of years beck - Ken was still knocking out the 4hr+ live sets

damian green is people (NickB), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:35 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Bob Goldthwaite!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Peregrine Worsthorne

― One Trick Over-Painted Pony (soref), Monday, 11 November 2013 13:59 (four years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^ no way!

Is Ariel Sharon still hanging on in there?

― Thomas K Amphong (Tom D.), Monday, 11 November 2013 13:59 (four years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Peregrine Worsthorne

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Frank Oz

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:41 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Not seriously, but more amazed Rita Tushingham just turned up on 'Vera'

Mark G, Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Was surprised that Peter Wyngarde just passed since again I thought he was somebody who was long gone.

Stevolende, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Kenzaburō Ōe, 83 today

very stabbable gaius (wins), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Andre Previn
Denis Norden

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 1 February 2018 15:32 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Yehuda Lerner

the 17 yr old emblematic hero of the Sobibor uprising is still alive, and a year younger than Lanzmann, who immortalised him in the classic Sobibor: 14th October 1943 documentary.

calzino, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm just re-watching it tonight, it is a gripping watch, yet again. Yehuda had escaped from 8 Nazi camps and one major Nazi killing facility, in which he'd played a key role in it's famous inmate uprising, and helped murder a mid-level SS commander - all by the age of 17. I'd get some beers in for him.

calzino, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Ken Nordine.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 23 September 2018 14:52 (four months ago) Permalink

Good call, 98!

Zach Same (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 September 2018 14:59 (four months ago) Permalink

... also his wife is still alive, she is a relative spring chicken at 97, they've been married since 1945.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:01 (four months ago) Permalink

... oh no, scratch that, she died in 2016, aged 94 ;_;

Zach Same (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:02 (four months ago) Permalink

Wow, 71 years together isn't bad going.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:03 (four months ago) Permalink

Twenty-One contestants Herbert Stempel and Charles Van Doren

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 23 September 2018 16:56 (four months ago) Permalink


Josefa, Sunday, 23 September 2018 17:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Clarissa Eden, as in married to Anthony.. wtf!

calzino, Monday, 24 September 2018 22:43 (four months ago) Permalink

paul hogan

andrew m., Tuesday, 25 September 2018 13:54 (four months ago) Permalink

^ you were thinking of Steve Irwin probably

faculty w1fe (silby), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 23:26 (four months ago) Permalink

malcolm mooney

macropuente (map), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 02:16 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Tom Lehrer.

Alba, Friday, 30 November 2018 09:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Sister Wendy Beckett

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Thursday, 6 December 2018 18:19 (two months ago) Permalink

thought for sure this bump would be for Bob Dole

frogbs, Thursday, 6 December 2018 19:05 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

David Bellamy.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 24 December 2018 23:44 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought Simon Callow died but that Mark Gatton thing was new this year wasn't it.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 00:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Lol you think he died cause you saw his funeral in that one film

Pierrot with a thousand farces (wins), Tuesday, 25 December 2018 01:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Monica Kindle (Tom D.) at 6:19 6 Dec 18
Sister Wendy Beckett
Thread curse strikes again

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

people who just died that you thought had died ages ago

nashwan, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 17:44 (one month ago) Permalink

(xp) She lasted three weeks.

Once in Rahul Dravid's City (Tom D.), Wednesday, 26 December 2018 18:57 (one month ago) Permalink

tbf she didn't look like one of the nuns I had to deal with - in which I mean the type that would strike a kid's head with a wooden blackboard duster and probably think most 16th century art is perverted!

calzino, Wednesday, 26 December 2018 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

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