The story has been officially debunked by Snopes, the “Kaufman Returns” saga is unraveling. My sources say that it’s not even Zmuda behind the hoax this time, but instead is someone who is still anonymous. Regardless, it seems like it will get a little more play through the weekend as curious viewers slowly come to realize that yes, Andy is still dead (after all, he’s already missed the May 16 deadline).
So what’s left after the party is over and Kaufman fans shake their angry fists at a hoaxer who dashed their hopes? Cashing in on t-shirts and merchandising of course:
“Andy Kaufman Returns” is Hoax