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Philip Coppens Of ‘Ancient Aliens’ Passes Away [Report]

Philip Coppens dead

UPDATE No.2: Philip’s wife, Kathleen McGowan, also confirmed the news on her Facebook page. “My eternal beloved, my grail knight, my poet prince has made his transition. He is in the arms of the angels. In his last words he asked that I thank you all for loving him so much,” she wrote. A fundraiser page set up at GiveForward (to raise money for his cancer treatments) also confirmed that Philip Coppens is dead. There are other updates of a personal nature available on the website. You can view it for yourself here.

UPDATE: We can now confirm that Philip Coppens has indeed passed away. Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, friend, colleague, and fellow Ancient Aliens commentator, confirmed the sad news on his official Facebook fan page hours ago. “Philip Coppens has moved on to the next level. The transitionary period between this life and the reincarnation of the next IS heaven,” Tsoukalos wrote.

Philip Coppens, commentator on The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens: The Series, has reportedly died.

Hundreds of “RIP” messages have poured in on the official Facebook page of Philip Coppens, the author and investigative journalist best known for his work in the fields of ancient history and paranormal sciences.

News of Coppens’ death has yet to be confirmed by major news outlets, and our own emails to the author and his colleagues have yet to be returned. 2012 saw a number of death hoaxes started on social media websites like Facebook, so we must stress that Coppens’ death is an unconfirmed report at this time.

However, his declining health in recent months lends some credibility to the potential of his untimely death. Coppens regularly uses his Twitter and Facebook accounts, though has done so less and less in recent weeks, primarily updating fans on his condition. “My fourth week in hospital is here today. Please keep praying for my recovery,” he wrote on December 22.

According to Coppens’ Facebook, he has been hospitalized in Los Angeles since November 25, and was diagnosed on December 13 with angiosarcoma, a rare cancer that is often fatal especially if it manifests in the liver.

On December 24, Coppens wrote: “My in-laws found me a copy of the British Museum crystal skull. His name is Vin. A lovely new companion,” on his Facebook, along with a photo which shows that he was still hospitalized at that time:

Philip Coppens

This would turn out to be his final Facebook post.

On December 26, Coppens posted this tweet in response to a fan query, showing that his spirits were still high, and that he was still planning on continuing his work when he got out of the hospital:

That was his final tweet.

Coppens remained positive to the end, his final blog post on December 16 reflecting his characteristic thirst for arcane knowledge, gratitude to his loved ones, and his simple, overall philosophy regarding the meaning of life:

“Over the last few weeks, I have come to realize you have to be very specific about picking such mottos, for in my case, I remain convinced that this knowledge will indeed give me MY future. And insights into life, its value and especially its magical qualities, in the hope that with only a few days before December 21, people, through choice, will embrace a positive change in their life and travel onwards to the next level of their mission, which is the only reason why we have chosen to incarnate here on this lovely, blue water planet.”

Philip Coppens’ death is still unconfirmed, so don’t start hashtagging just yet. We will update this post as soon as we know more.

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63 Responses to “Philip Coppens Of ‘Ancient Aliens’ Passes Away [Report]”

  1. Ian Punnett

    So sad. I was just with him a few months back. We were still trying to arrange a make-up show for the one that was missed. We'll be talking about him tonight on Coast to Coast.

  2. Margaret Bland

    I hope this is not true, but if it is, he spent his life trying to make people understand that yes there is life beyond Earth. He will be well missed. He was a good guy.

  3. Mikey James

    Wow, that comes from left field. very shocking. but remember coast fans, death is only an illusion, and the passing from this state to the next, is to be celebrated, not mourned

  4. Sandralee White

    Giorgio A. Tsoukalos made the announcement on his Facebook fan page today around 4:00 p.m. after asking for prayers last night because Phillip's health seriously declined. What an end to a horrible year. May he be at peace.

  5. Pamela Mcdonald

    Giorgio confirmed on his page…He is where I first got the we were all praying for him…..

  6. Maggie Duffey Corkery

    His wife, Kathleen McGowan, announced it on her facebook page several hours ago.

  7. Kaos Hunter

    Greetings, what sad news he will be sorrowfully miss here on the BLUE PLANET and my best wishes and condolences to his family and loved ones. Hopefully he will make contact through one of the mediums who frequent your show…May Peace and Love bless you for eternity.

  8. Naia Kelly

    Oh how completely sad! I just loved watching Phil on Ancient Aliens and am just in a sort of shock. Does anyone know what he died of so quickly? What was he researching for his latest book? Good riddance 2012 and welcome 2013 is all I have to say!

  9. Naia Kelly

    Apparently it was some sort of extremely aggressive cancer… Such a shame!

  10. Linda Coy

    May he rest in peace. Greatly enjoyed his commentary on "Ancient Aliens" and reading his books. Very sad to leave us so young.

  11. Margaret Bland

    Angiosarcoma. It attacks the blood vessels. In most cases it is said to start in the liver, but that's what I was reading on Google about his illness. Such a beautiful man.

  12. Rob Dallas

    Yes a sad day … I am sure Coast to Coast can donate a show in his honour

  13. Maria Joffe

    Am sorry to hear Philip Copper passing, and respect to him and his family…i lisen to Coast to coast all the time [night]…and have heard MrCopper on….I do beleve he is around us,, and lisening to all of us that loved his passion.We well meet again. Respect mj

  14. Kevin Palmer

    It sure is sad to learn of his passing from this world, Ian, but he's moved on to the next. Like Bob Dean says, we're timeless immortal beings that have nothing to fear of death in this 3 dimensional illusional world.

  15. Remy Starseed Johnson

    This is a great loss for us all! He's a brave hero!

  16. TJ Traci Smith

    I thought he was looking ill, this is so sad. He was one of my faves.

  17. Becky Olson

    Does anyone know Ian's Twitter name #deaconpunnet or something like that.

  18. Liz Maccoll

    The friends and neighbours in the Harbour,North Berwick Scotland are very sorry to hear of Philip's untimely death.They would Kathleen and the family to know that they are thinking of them at this sad time.

  19. Michael James

    Man, IM crestfallen. Just watched him on Ancient Aliens, then saw the memoriam. I didn't know until just now. RIP Philip, I never met you but you were invited into my home every Friday. :-) The work continues by those who shared your vision, of full disclosure and waking up of humanity to the truth, WE ARE NOT ALONE! God speed onto your next adventure. :-) <3

  20. Colette Carson Tranchant

    We have lost an incredible human being. Thoughts and love to his family and friends.

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  22. Cailleach Buidseach

    Very sudden, very sad…. my heart goes out to his wife and family on his passing. I have greatly enjoyed his contributions to Ancient Aliens over the past few years. Blessed Be.

  23. Mark R. Bowen

    Rest in peace Philip. You have now found the origin of mankind.

  24. Anonymous

    Just saw a recorded ANCIENT ALIENS & at the end was a memorial to him. I see him all the time on that show and he looks and seemed very healthy. What a shock and what a waste of a very intelligent, beloved person.

  25. Erik Boss-tradamus

    It's a shame that a man with all his knowledge and smarts was not aware that Oxygen and body alkalization is the cure for Cancer. I AM NOT MOCKING his death…. I am saddened by it… and anyone who wants to mock what I said should do the research and understand that Big Pharma rules all. Pills are not the answer. I also did not mean to insult anyone. We all have lost loved ones to Cancer. It's just a shame it's a profit business. Cant patent Oxygen.

  26. Roger Garrett

    Regarding your article on CNN Belief Blog: "My Take: Keep bad theology out of Oklahoma". hen what the Hell IS God? If God is actually the Creator of the Universe then HE and He alone is totally responsible for absolutely everything that happens in the Universe. God made this Earth in a way that's capable of creating tornadoes and hurricanes and earthquakes and floods and famine. None of those are caused by Man, they are caused by God. You seem to want to separate God from nature and somehow blame these horrible events on the randomness of nature, or whether a person turns left or right. But it's all God! And if that's God, then it's a totally capricious and hateful God, NOT the so-called God of Love and Peace that Christians claim is revealed in the New testament of the Bible. No, sir, there is no God like that. When you come to realize that all we have is the natural world, with no creator God, no benevolent God, no God of Salvation, and that we all have to just do the best we can with what we find in the world, then we'll all be better off.

  27. Steven Confer

    Trancendent esoteric wisdom has given phillip a belief understanding that 12-21-2012 is a non visible inception of the4and3 realm becoming closer to a state of absolute oness. Phil what ever the case you are aware of esoteric wisdom not bound by space or distance..time is now irrelavent in your journey of thruth & authentic peace. we soon will all be of one truth of all humanity. Shallom

  28. Gena Cunningham

    Oh Ian!!! You hold a special place in my heart, not just as the BEST C2C host EVER, with the best sense of humor and most interesting guests; i started listening to you "in earnest" right after my daughter was born in May 2001. My husband and I had already been enjoying your one day a week, and then you filled in for Art Bell, or Mike (I don't remember his name, just that he had a cat named Vera) ?…I can't even remember now! Anyway, I woke up every two hours for most of that summer (!) to feed my daughter, and let's just say I couldn't sleep after hearing your shows; I was hanging on every word!

  29. Anonymous

    Then–in my childhood–in the dawn
    Of a most stormy life–was drawn
    From ev'ry depth of good and ill
    The mystery which binds me still–
    From the torrent, or the fountain–
    From the red cliff of the mountain–
    From the sun that 'round me roll'd
    In its autumn tint of gold–
    From the lightning in the sky
    As it pass'd me flying by–
    From the thunder, and the storm–
    And the cloud that took the form
    (When the rest of Heaven was blue)
    Of a demon in my view–

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