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Bill Cosby Is Not Dead Today

Updated on September 3, 2012

No, Bill Cosby did not Die Today or Last Monday Either.

When I wrote the article below it was because I was researching trends to find out what topics were hot. That's what you do when you are trying to make money, and Bill Cosby's death that day was the hottest topic.

I've been away awhile and have come back to continue what I started at Hub Pages in 2010. Today my "Title Tuner" told me I should change the title of this hub to "Bill Cosby Did Not Die Today" and so I decided to check the article out and Bill too, just to see what the man is up to since being raised from the dead so many times! As it turns out there was yet another hoax just a week ago! It was time to brush this off and update it!

I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how much this American Icon is up to these days. He's touring, for one thing. His upcoming tour dates can be found on his website at BillCosby.com. There you can also read his blog and find him on Twitter and Facebook. Yes, Bill Cosby realizes the power of the internet, the power of virtual life and death. He's honest and fun, he's generous with his time, even after all these years. Of course he doesn't need the money, he could retire if he wanted to, but still he gives us his comedic and insightful stories. They are the stories of us, not just his life, but our lives as well. There isn't a story that Bill Cosby tells that doesn't bring back memories of my own family.

I hope Bill Cosby will live on to entertain us, to remind us who we were and who we are, for many years to come.

Bill Cosby has not Died Except online!

Sad to say, Twitter has gone off the deep end today with tweets that Bill Cosby died. Mr. Cosby himself tweeted back that he is not dead, and yet the trend is number one on the Google Search as twitter followers around the world search and retweet. Hundreds of retweets that he is not dead followed by hundreds of tweets asking if he is dead, followed by still more tweets that Bill Cosby died, with links to lead you to where the spammers want you to go.

If nothing else, let this much be said for the power of Twitter, whatsoever thou tweeteth, shall get around, and sometimes with amazing speed.

Bill Cosby is a much loved icon

Bill Cosby is beloved of all people in all walks of life. I can't think of a single person on the planet who would wish this man harm. He shoots from the hip, speaking out against illiteracy and disrespect, he tells people that they should respect themselves and be responsible for their own actions. And when he tells us these things he does not preach at us, he makes us laugh at ourselves and our shortcomings as human beings.

I grew up watching Bill Cosby evolve into what he is today, from his character on the 60's TV show I Spy through his stories portrayed on the Saturday Morning cartoon, Fat Albert, through his record albums... Yeah, you may not know he was on Vinyl records, this goes back to the dark ages before DVD's. And finally in the Bill Cosby Show. He had television specials as well, and of course who could forget the commercials for Jello?

Why anyone would tweet that he is dead is beyond me.

You have my assurance here, he is not dead, and he is frantically trying to get that message out to his millions of fans.

So, let's do the man a favor, and everyone tweet one time "Bill Cosby is Not Dead!" and then say a prayer for whoever started this. What a waste of people's time, when there are some really important issues going on in the world, why turn us upside down and inside out by tweeting that an American Hero and Icon is dead? That's just cruel. My heart jumped into my throat and I panicked. I can't imagine how he must have felt when he read it. 

Bill Cosby refuting his death over the Phone

Bill Cosby's new App...

Through the research for this hub (after the initial terror of the untimely demise of one of my heroes) I found out that Bill Cosby does have a new app thatyou can find info here for iTunes.

This is a free iPhone app is for rare video footage, audio books and concert information and you can find the additional information at www.Billcosby.com/mobile.

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    • NateSean profile image

      NateSean 

      7 years ago from Salem, MA

      You know what they say about rumors. Psst, pass it along.

      I don't know either, I just thought I'd add that bit. But I'm glad Bill took it in stride and responded in the fashion we've come to expect from him. I have no doubt he has an entire comedy routine written in response to this very series of events.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hey Leanman, this time around we've got some tricks to help the Twitter thing along. It is funny though, how when you want news to spread it doesn't, lol! Maybe we should put a rumor in every hub, that might actually work!

    • LeanMan profile image

      Tony 

      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Too easy for rumours like that to go around the internet in a matter of minutes with applications like twitter. I just wish my hub promotion worked that well..

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, yes it was an awful thing to do, especially when he describes how his daughter called the house, thinking the worst, that something had happened to her father, and no one told her? "Is my father there?... Is he alright?" Awful questions to have to ask.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What an awful thing to do - and how awful for Bill Cosby, his family and his friends. I am glad to hear he is still with us. Thanks for sharing that information.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Paradise, it's so sad! I can only imagine that the person who did this thought it would get them lots of attention, but this was the fourth time! He's upset and has contacted Twitter to try to get to the bottom of it all, as well.

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      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      It is so weird that they would say he's dead when he isn't. How he must have felt!!! It's really irresponsible of the people who started it.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi DM, so good to see you. Yeah, the whole record album thing, we used to have copies we'd buy or borrow from friends, haha, I bet they are worth a lot of money now.

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      DoorMattnomore 

      8 years ago

      wow. How wierd. Im glad hes not dead, as is he, I am sure. I cant believe people rely on Twitter as a source for "Real News". Bizzare. Thanks for clearing it up Faybe, and the little bit of info there, that he had a record or two. Cool. :)

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Gypsy Willow, so am I. He is a very special person and has been a great influence on a changing world ever since he started in show business. I wonder what some of us would be like if we'd never heard of Bill Cosby. I know that I would not be the same.

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Glad he is OK.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi heart4theword. I checked that out first, no, this is the fourth time someone has done this, which is why it was so upsetting to Mr Cosby and his family. Apparently someone called his family members to extend their sympathy. That's why I put the news links and twitter links in the hub. The whole thing exploded on YouTube as well with some really nasty comments from the youth regarding his life and death as well. The amount of disrespect is awful. I am sickened by the amount of comments that were of a derogatory nature. They don't even seem to realize how mean spirited they are.

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      heart4theword 

      8 years ago from hub

      Could it be that roomer started, from someone talking about another person named Bill Cosby? Your right if it was meant to be a joke, I don't think anyone is laughing! Thanks for the clarity:)

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      No Deborah, he's not dead, and thank the Lord for that (according to the various lords tweeting on Twitter of course) but in the mean time, I guess he may be doing some extra public appearances to prove it now, which may mean a bonus for all of us. I hold him very dear, and if he has a show anywhere near me, I am buying a ticket.

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      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      I hope he isn't dead. He was one of my favorites. However, we all have to go sometime. Namaste.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      The worst part is that people actually think that someone is faking his life... If that makes no sense check what they are saying on YouTube, that they are digitally faking the interviews and that he's been dead for months, it's really sad that people can really take this to such levels. Yes, I do see the humor in it, and it may be good for concert ticket sales as he goes on tour to prove he's alive? Talk about proof of life, that would be it, right there.

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      Mrvoodoo 

      8 years ago from ?

      While I'm sure that this could have been very upsetting for his family and friends, this did make me chuckle. Imagine waking up, logging on, and finding out that the whole world thinks that you're dead, and no matter how hard you try, you are unable to convince people otherwise. Comedy gold. :D

      Glad to hear that this great man is still with us though. Internet world sure is a crazy place to live. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hey De Greek, Pamela, MOW and E-Man, thanks for stopping by, I feel really bad that this happened to such a great man, an icon really, but the worst part is that it's the fourth time this has happened to him. I think it's just sad that trolls manipulate the media this way. Poor Mr Cosby and his family must have really had a crazy day between answering phone calls, making calls and trying to minimize the damage. I mean think about it, he may have concert bookings, meetings, and things we don't even know about.

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ...as long as you stay healthy and in good spirits in order to keep your hub family happy, entertained and wise - then the epitome of great hub writing will never die!

    • myownworld profile image

      myownworld 

      8 years ago from uk

      One of the downsides of these social networking sites is how they feed people's need to gossip unnecessarily about others. It's sad really. As you say, with so many important things going on in the world, how can anyone find time for starting rumors that only hurt and take away someone else's peace of mind? Crazy. Anyway, thank you for this, I admire the man too, and I hope he continues to live a long and health life :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I'm certainly glad to know he is alive and well. If that is someone's idea of a practical joke, it is not funny.

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Probably started by sad people who want to make waves in order to declare that they exist.

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      @ Carolina Muscle: Hi Chris, I don't know why anyone tweeted that he was dead. I couldn't trace it back that far there were literally thousands of tweets, every second for over four hours, I don't know how it started, probably a spammer trying to get people to click their link.

      Hi Breakfastpop: Yeah that is the power of the internet, and the power of Twitter, apparently. I think we all better tweet our hubs, LOL. I'll be over for breakfast.

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Just goes to show you the power of the internet. I am glad Bill is alive and well.

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Bizarre... what made somebody think he was dead when he wasnt?

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      This is true! I hope he is, and a really good monologue at that. Thanks Tim, for putting that into perspective. It might actually inspire a tour!

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      Tim Nichol 

      8 years ago from Me to You

      Sheesh...some people have nothing better to do, apparently. It's like they say in the newspaper business...must be a slow news day. Or the lazy days of summer.

      I of course, feel sorry for Bill and his family. However, I'm sure he took it in good humor, in spite of the stupidity. He's probably writing a little monologue about it right now.

      Go Bill, go...

    • Faybe Bay profile imageAUTHOR

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I agree, I hope he lives a good long time! It is extremely upsetting to have something like this happen. I mean the whole news thing, it's just crazy, every second someone else is writing about it. I didn't realize when I started this how many people would be writing. I feel so bad for his friends and family. How horrible to wake up to that news!

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      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      How awful for him! I haven't looked at twitter today, didn't know about this. And I'm with you - may he live to be 120.

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