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 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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

robin carmody (robin carmody), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 04:00 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

Snake Plisken

DV (dirtyvicar), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 17:58 (twenty years ago) link

Elvis, works down the chip shop

baggy (baggy), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 18:01 (twenty years ago) link

Jimmy Snuka

Chris V. (Chris V), Tuesday, 7 January 2003 18:03 (twenty years ago) link

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

kate, Tuesday, 7 January 2003 18:05 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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 (twenty years ago) link

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

Leee (Leee), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:40 (twenty years ago) link

Jean Grey.

Simon Generic, Wednesday, 8 January 2003 08:25 (twenty years ago) link

five years pass...

Yogi Berra's still alive?!

Mark C, Monday, 17 March 2008 01:09 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 March 2008 01:11 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

Gene Wilder

admrl, Monday, 17 March 2008 07:32 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

Tuomas, Monday, 17 March 2008 07:44 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

i thought harold gould died. not so

tremendoid, Thursday, 7 August 2008 18:54 (fourteen years ago) link

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

StanM, Thursday, 7 August 2008 19:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Billy Dods, Thursday, 7 August 2008 20:29 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

heh I thought Katherine Hepburn was still alive :)

Ludo, Friday, 8 August 2008 09:34 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

But yeah, Harvey Dent.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 8 August 2008 09:36 (fourteen years ago) link

David Blaine was who we were talking about.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 8 August 2008 10:04 (fourteen years ago) link

No, he was just buried alive.

NickB, Friday, 8 August 2008 10:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I think people were hoping.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 8 August 2008 10:25 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

Clive Dunn

blueski, Friday, 8 August 2008 11:16 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

ok wtf

Erich von Däniken!

Øystein, Monday, 11 August 2008 10:35 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

Charles Aznavour

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

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 (fourteen years ago) link

<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 (fourteen years ago) link

Liz Smith that is.

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

peter o'toole

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

he almost won a oscar last year brutha

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

I missed that too. Must have been before we had the rolling obituary threads.

Spocks on the Run (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 May 2020 12:54 (two years ago) link

people you thought were still alive but aren't

Alba, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 11:37 (two years ago) link

Dickie Davies, 87.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 29 May 2020 10:08 (two years ago) link

Earl Holliman
Clu Gulager

Shocked to see Clu's name in credits for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Both born in 1928. Both surely would have guest starred on Bounty Law.

punning display, Friday, 29 May 2020 12:51 (two years ago) link

Speaking of Earl Holliman (I mentioned this somewhere before) all four of the original 1974 cast of TV's Police Woman are still alive... Ed Bernard (81); Charles Dierkop (83); Angie Dickinson (88); and Earl Holliman (91).

Josefa, Friday, 29 May 2020 13:58 (two years ago) link

Walter Ernest "Wally" Fawkes (born 21 June 1924) is a British-Canadian jazz clarinetist and a satirical cartoonist. As a cartoonist, he usually worked under the name "Trog" until failing eyesight forced him to retire in 2005 at the age of 81.

fetter, Friday, 29 May 2020 14:37 (two years ago) link

Johnny Shannon, go-to character actor for Cockney gangsters e.g. in "Performance", 87.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Friday, 5 June 2020 10:31 (two years ago) link

for some reason I always think Steve Earle died 20 years ago from cancer or something. Wtf?

brimstead, Saturday, 13 June 2020 21:33 (two years ago) link

just did a play at the public theater before mama rona took over

Might be confusing Steve Earle with Warren Zevon.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 13 June 2020 21:51 (two years ago) link

Or Stevie Ray Vaughn

nickn, Saturday, 13 June 2020 23:06 (two years ago) link

nah i think maybe it’s because in some photos from back then he looks slightly like Bill Hicks? Idk

brimstead, Sunday, 14 June 2020 01:51 (two years ago) link

Rhonda Fleming, 96.

Rapsputin (Tom D.), Friday, 19 June 2020 12:32 (two years ago) link

Gena Rowlands, 90 today

or something, Saturday, 20 June 2020 13:16 (two years ago) link

Murray Walker, 96

his 2nd showing on this thread after Soref posted him 6 years ago.

calzino, Saturday, 20 June 2020 13:20 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Connie Francis

Alba, Thursday, 1 October 2020 02:10 (two years ago) link

My shop teacher.

pplains, Thursday, 1 October 2020 02:35 (two years ago) link

tell us more about mr. _____

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 October 2020 02:59 (two years ago) link

Only winged him, eh?

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Thursday, 1 October 2020 05:30 (two years ago) link


nickn, Thursday, 1 October 2020 07:18 (two years ago) link

tell us more about mr. _____

― mookieproof, Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:59 PM

I looked up Mr. Johnson (fuckit, no googleproofing) out of curiosity, and there he was, at the same address in the same town of 800 people. He's now 76.

His voter registration, like most of us around here, shows that he's a member of the Optional Party.

The next link was from the 1940 census, which listed him as a five-year-old living... in that same town of 800 people!

pplains, Thursday, 1 October 2020 13:01 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Roy Haynes, 95. Total ledge.

calzino, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 13:20 (two years ago) link

Was asked if Barbara Windsor was still alive the other day and hesitantly answered no, thinking she died at some point in the last four years. Then did the exact same with June Brown who only left Eastenders for good earlier this year.

nashwan, Friday, 13 November 2020 10:40 (two years ago) link

Babs is still alive but has dementia, I believe.

Ward Fowler, Friday, 13 November 2020 10:46 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

I was absolutely positive that Michael Gambon had died a couple of years ago.

٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 17:41 (two years ago) link

xp - curse of the thread strikes again!

٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 17:41 (two years ago) link

Gambon and on and on

Babby's Yed Revisited (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 17:42 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Phil Spector? Honestly thought he died a few years ago.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 17 January 2021 17:47 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

Genuinely thought that Sondheim had died years ago.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 27 November 2021 06:20 (one year ago) link

Shane McGowan definitely died a few years ago.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Saturday, 27 November 2021 23:48 (one year ago) link

somehow my mom, who wasn’t real tech savvy, found this comedian on youtube that she really fell for. statuesque southern lady who tells clean funny stories: absolutely my mama’s jam! thru the magic of Algorithm, mom got to enjoy randomly coming across videos of this gal’s routines for a couple of years — until tragedy struck. she told me sadly that her comedian had died. oh no, i said, how did it happen? mom didn’t know because the memorial video youtube had shown her didn’t mention a cause of death. she mourned, i sympathized. when mom’s next birthday approached i decided to search online to see if that lady had ever put out a book or dvd or other gift-type merch, and discovered that 1.) HOMEGIRL LIVES and 2.) WAS TOURING and 3.) HAD A PERFORMANCE COMING UP IN OUR CITY IN TWO FLIPPING DAYS

obviously i dropped everything and got us tickets and told mom i was taking her somewhere special, and she was game, because she was awesome. so there we were in a lutheran church at 10:30 on a thursday morning, packed in with a crowd of hyped old ladies, my mom completely baffled, me giggling like a lunatic and trying not to bounce in our pew because i was even hyped-er than the ladies around us. random woman gets up front and gives a generic intro and then WHABAM, back from the dead, big as life, neon pink power suit and sparkly jewelry transfixing the crowd, my mom’s idol appeared. i’d never seen her so stunned, i’ve never seen anyone so stunned. it was dope.

a swift, a shrike, a kite, a (cat), Sunday, 28 November 2021 04:55 (one year ago) link

thread winner

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 28 November 2021 06:09 (one year ago) link

What was with the memorial video??

Also, please share idol’s name.

Alba, Sunday, 28 November 2021 07:53 (one year ago) link

Jeanne Robertson, rip in peace (she died for real this august). and my best guess for the memorial is that some other lady with a similar name (and features?) must have passed away, her family put together a video honoring her, and youtube figured oh hey people who enjoy the comedy stylings of this one lady must want to watch the funeral of this similar lady? which turned out to be the right call in the end because my mom realizing JR was still alive was pretty much a top 3 moment in both our lives, i can still get totally blissed out on the memory <3

a swift, a shrike, a kite, a (cat), Sunday, 28 November 2021 08:11 (one year ago) link

Simon Callow again , think somebody said he wasn't dead a couple of years ago and now he's been in Hawkeye so he must be undead or something or reanimated again. Must be like.

Stevolende, Sunday, 28 November 2021 11:04 (one year ago) link

cat, that is some down-home wholesome humor right there.

pplains, Sunday, 28 November 2021 15:33 (one year ago) link

Oh jeez what a beautiful story

huile about oeuf (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 28 November 2021 16:02 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

does this count?

thank you for watching #ThisIsGoingToHurt, it was an honour to play the SHO

long live our NHS 💙

— Ambika Mod (@ambikamod) March 22, 2022

koogs, Thursday, 24 March 2022 04:32 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Hazel McCallion, former long-time mayor of Mississauga Ontario, 101.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 5 May 2022 14:10 (nine months ago) link

Margaret Keane, painter of big eyed children, age 94.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 8 May 2022 22:30 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Ramblin' Jack Elliott, 90 and still performing.

nickn, Sunday, 5 June 2022 20:51 (eight months ago) link

Bob Newhart, 92

Philip Baker Hall, 24 hours ago.

pplains, Thursday, 16 June 2022 03:27 (seven months ago) link

Arthur Scargill, back on the front of the tabloids.

Alba, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 16:47 (seven months ago) link

John Barth, author of The Sot-Weed Factor

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 16:52 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

David Jason

Alba, Friday, 16 September 2022 15:00 (four months ago) link

*falls thru bar into coffin*

mark s, Friday, 16 September 2022 15:01 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Buzz Aldrin

pplains, Monday, 23 January 2023 15:12 (one week ago) link

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