George R.R. Martin, the man who created the Game of Thrones universe, is alive and well amidst rumors of his untimely demise. Many believed the author of the Ice and Fire novel series, upon which the hit HBO fantasy series is based, passed away this morning. But those fans are confusing the writer with another highly prolific artistic presence. It was actually George Martin, famed Beatles producer, who died. But that hasn't stopped some news stations from getting the two mixed up.
George R.R. Martin took the news of his death in stride. And he was actually quite touched by the outpouring of love that flooded social media in the wake of this erroneous news. He even penned a tongue-in-cheek reassurance to his legion of fans that he was not buried yet. So please, don't waste your money on a wreath. He states the following.
"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.
While most media outlets did not confuse George R.R. Martin with George Martin, there were a few local stations who didn't do their fact checking. Including ABC affiliate KOLO8 News Now. While their obituary rightly identifies the iconic music producer known as 'The Fifth Beatle', they have been showing off a photo of the author instead, which you can see in the tweet below. The news came as quite a shock to some hardcore fans, as George R.R. Martin's death has long been a topic of debate and discussion amongst readers of the Ice and Fire saga.
There are certain factions who are quite obsessed with the 67-year-old George R.R. Martin's mortality. Because they want to see the author finish his often delayed book series before he passes into the great unknown. Many are worried this won't happen. A while back, George R.R. Martin, who's 6th book won't be ready before Game of Thrones Season 6 debuts this April, even responded to those fans by flying the middle finger. He boldly stated the following.
"I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health. So 'f- you' to those people."
The author did have this to say about the death of the other George Martin.
"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."
George Martin, responsible for some of The Beatles biggest hits, passed away at the age of 90. He died "peacefully in his home" in England. Often referred to as The Fifth Beatle, he went on to produce all of The Beatles' studio albums, which spanned 23 #1 hits in the U.S. and 30 in the U.K. He also produced the soundtracks for The Beatles movies Yellow Submarine, Help! and A Hard Days' Night, and he went on to work with the group's individual members following their breakup in 1970. While this is certainly a sad loss, at least we can breath easy knowing one of the George Martins is still with us.