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Terry Gilliam had the perfect response to his premature obituary

Bring out your dead.


Audra Schroeder


Published Sep 10, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 12:18 am CDT

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, comedy legend Terry Gilliam passed away at age XXX.  

And on the next day, he rose again. 

The Monty Python member and director of Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas leapt into the news in the weirdest way after Variety posted a tweet and story claiming he had died at age XXX. 

Gilliam, ever the team player, jumped in and did his part

Perhaps someone at Variety is a big Monty Python fan and was subtly referencing this sketch?

The obituary’s author, Dave McNary, perhaps?

In any event, Gilliam is set to release a memoir next month, Gilliamesque, and has been urging fans not to believe Variety‘s retraction. Who could ask for better publicity than a fake death?H/T The Guardian | Photo via colink./Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 10, 2015, 12:59 pm CDT