Despite what you may have read on Twitter, George R.R. Martin is not dead. The Game Of Thrones author has come forward to confirm he is very much alive after a great deal of confusion amounted yesterday following the death of the legendary English music producer, George Martin. Let me explain.
This is George Martin.
Having worked with The Beatles since the very beginning, Sir George was known to many as the 'fifth Beatle.' He passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday.
This is George R.R. Martin.
He is a fantasy author and creator of Game Of Thrones (see the new trailer for Season 6 below). He did NOT pass away at the age of 67 on Tuesday.
It appears this information would have been very useful to the scores of devastated Twitter users who were mourning the death of their favorite author yesterday.
To clarify, George R.R. Martin wrote a blog post on his Livejournal paying tribute to the late producer and reassuring fans that he is 'Not Dead Yet.' He wrote:
While it is strangely moving to realize that so many people around the world care so deeply about my life and death, I have to go with Mark Twain and insist that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
It was Sir George Martin, of Beatles fame, who has passed away. Not me.
He will be missed. I never met Sir George (I did meet Paul McCartney once, for about a minute, while waiting for the valet to bring my rental car up at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills), but like many millions of others, I loved the Beatles, and Martin's contribution to their music is worthy of recognition and honor.
As for me, I am still here, still writing, still editing, still going to movies and reading books, and I expect to hang around for quite a while yet, thank you very much.
But thank you all for caring.
And Twitter users were quick to own up to their mistake.
This isn't the first time the fantasy novelist has had to deal with speculation about his death; it's long been a fixation of some fans who fret about whether he will finish the book series before his time is up. George does not take kindly to such questions. He once said in an interview with Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger:
“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health. So ‘f— you’ to those people.”
Maaaaaybe we should stop talking about it now.
Last month, we learned that the sixth book in the Song Of Ice And Fire series will not be completed in time for the new season starting in April — yes, he may be slow but at least he's still breathing! Come on, George! We're all rooting for you.