Michael Kaufman is claiming the Andy Kaufman death hoax and seeming resurrection is actually a hoax perpetrated against the family. What sort of conspiracy theories does that leave us with?
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Andy Kaufman death hoax seemed believable at first and Michael Kaufman appeared to believe in it.
But Jerry Lawler didn’t believe it at all and then Andy Kaufman’s “daughter” was unmasked as Alexandra Tatarsky, a 23-year-old New York actress. Some reports claim Michael Kaufman met Ms. Tatarsky at a Kaufman exhibit entitled “On Creating Reality” and then proceeded to hire her for the upcoming stunt.
So, let’s consider our options. First we’ll consider potential scenarios where Michael Kaufman wasn’t lying when he made this claim about the recent hoax:
“Now that it’s Thursday, not Monday anymore, I believe I am part of a hoax. I don’t believe she’s acting on her own, though. But, you know, that’s all I know.”
He also denies orchestrating the death hoax. Lifelong friends of the comedian say Andy Kaufman’s brother is “accountant-like” and unlikely to condone or carry out a major prank like this. One witness claims there was a noticeable emotional impact on Michael and he was 50-50 on whether the fake daughter, or someone else, was pulling a prank.
Andy Kaufman Dead Or Alive?
Andy’s girlfriend at the time of his death, Lynne Margulies, says, “I was in the hospital room. I was there. They would have had to switch bodies.” Manager George Shapiro was also there at the hospital and Michael says, “I saw [Andy Kaufman] emaciated. I saw him die.”
So let’s assume Michael Kaufman didn’t hire Tatarsky and honestly believed at first she was Andy Kaufman’s daughter from a recently revealed secret relationship. This still doesn’t explain the letter Mr. Kaufman claims he supposedly received his brother from a mysterious man during Christmas Eve in 1999. The vast majority of the claims made are derived from that letter so it’s possible there are some truth among all the lies.
Based upon the previous premise, let’s assume Andy Kaufman is really dead. That could mean he orchestrated this long term hoax from beyond the grave. It’s possible a trust was set up to finance the hiring of the man who delivered the letter and also of Alexandra Tatarsky. This scenario means Michael Kaufman isn’t lying, but was fooled temporarily along with everyone else. So Andy gets one last laugh from beyond the grave.
There’s also the possibility that Andy Kaufman is alive and set up the whole thing himself. After all, the letter stated that Michael shouldn’t mention any of this until after the death of their father, Stanley Kaufman, who passed away earlier this year. So Andy would have known Michael would plan on making an announcement eventually.
But the more likely option is that Michael Kaufman is lying to the world. It’s also possible Michael did tell the truth about finding plans for a death hoax when searching through Andy’s belongings. But the twist is that Michael put them into action. There’s also the possibility that the letter he received was in fact a request from Andy to carry out the death hoax.
Which conspiracy theory best explains Michael Kaufman and the hoax surrounding Andy Kaufman’s death and presumed resurrection?