This pop culture reporter felt a little sad when I read a supposed news report about the popular "Newman" from Seinfeld having died in a car crash with a tractor trailer. There was a photo and everything, along with news that Wayne Knight -- the actor who played Jerry Seinfeld's beloved nemesis -- had expired in the crash. However, a new tweet sent via Knight's official Twitter page on Sunday, March 16, 2014, confirms he is not dead.
Alas, thankfully this seems to be a death hoax surrounding Newman. (Can't you just hear Seinfeld say Newman in that special, hateful way?)
Knight took to his Twitter page -- which is so busy with traffic right now that I couldn't get to it from my Firefox browser nor my Safari browser, only via my iPhone through the Twitter app -- to send the attached screenshot of a message that belies the comedian within him:
"Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but...I am alive and well!"
Well, count this entertainment reporter among those happy to hear Newman is okay, and pray for whoever was involved in whatever crash that was pictured. That tweet was sent less than two hours ago, and has already been retweeted more than 2,000 times and favorited more than 1,300 times.
It's enough to deal with news of celebrities like David Brenner who've really died recently, and to harken back to all those appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that made him well known. May he rest in peace, and may those who get a kick out of creating these celebrity death hoaxes turn their talents elsewhere in a positive and productive manner.