When the death of music producer George Martin was announced by Ringo Star yesterday morning, a large portion of twitter thought that the Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin had passed away.
George RR Martin isn't dead it is George Martin.bt i hv often panickd hope george rr martin has hid future book scripts n writtn in his will
— sduwnbcjfovksnwjrfix (@Borborygm_) March 10, 2016
People think George RR Martin has died https://t.co/9oeFuOxbWt
— Stormdrane (@Stormdrane) March 10, 2016
I thought for a second George RR Martin was seriously dead...ðŸ˜¨ don't mess with me like that again, twitter!
— Jen @ The Bookavid (@bookavid) March 9, 2016
— Trent (@BarstoolTrent) March 9, 2016
Such was the panic that Martin took to his Not a Blog page to confirm that he was in fact alive. He is still writing the Winds of Winter, it's all OK.
In a post entitled "Not Dead Yet", he says:
"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. It was Sir George Martin, of Beatles fame, who has passed away. Not me. He will be missed. 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. As for me, I am still here, still writing, still editing, still going to movies and reading books, and I expect to hang around for quite a while yet, thank you very much. But thank you all for caring."
He then registered his "mood" as "melancholy" and posted the below youtube video of the Beatles performing Yesterday.