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Terry Gilliam Scoops Variety By Announcing His Own Death

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | September 9, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | September 9, 2015 |


There’s a dark job in journalism that is writing premature obituaries. You never know when a celeb might die, but when they’re getting on in age, or when they are a particularly reckless youth, big news outlets employ writers to draft up a plug-and-play obit where you can swap out their age and most recent project, and boom: you’re ready to publish.

The problem is sometimes people get overeager with that publish button. That’s how Variety erroneously announced that visionary director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam died at age XXX.

Within minutes, Variety pulled the piece and apologized:

Nonetheless, the false death report caused Gilliam’s name to trend on Twitter, prompting a response from the living legend himself:


I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING DEAD especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but, Variety has…

Posted by Terry Gilliam on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Feel free to use Gilliam’s false death announcement as an excuse to marathon movies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Brothers Grimm, and The Zero Theorem.

Kristy Puchko counts interviewing Terry Gilliam as one of the best experiences of her career.



Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter, and hear her sound off about movies and feminism on the Slashfilmcast.



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