Andy Kaufman’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jan 17, 1949

Death Date

May 16, 1984

Age of Death

35 years

Cause of Death

Large-cell Lung Carcinoma

Place of Death

May 16, 1984



The comedian Andy Kaufman died at the age of 35. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Eccentric TV comic and performance artist who developed a cult following from his pranks and his Saturday Night Live routine. He appeared as the foreigner Latka Gravas on the popular sitcom Taxi from 1978 to 1983.

His daughter, Maria Bellu-Colonna, was born out of wedlock and put up for adoption by her 17-year-old mother in 1969. He never married and died of a rare type of lung cancer.



“I’m just singing a song, and if people want to laugh, that’s their business.” (Andy Kaufman)


“Pure entertainment is not an egotistical lady singing boring songs onstage for two hours and people in tuxes clapping whether they like it or not. It’s the real performers on the street who can hold people’s attention and keep them from walking away.” (Andy Kaufman)


“I just want real reactions. I want people to laugh from the gut, be sad from the gut – or get angry from the gut.” (Andy Kaufman)


“My mother sent me to psychiatrists since the age of four because she didn’t think little boys should be sad. When my brother was born, I stared out the window for days. Can you imagine that?” (Andy Kaufman)


“There’s no way to describe what I do. It’s just me.” (Andy Kaufman)