Legendary music producer George Martin, the man who worked with The Beatles and shepherded them to superstardom, died earlier this week at the age of 90. But fans of another George Martin -- George R.R. Martin, author of the books that inspired HBO series "Game of Thrones" -- were momentarily confused by the similarly-monikered men, prompting the latter Martin to clear the air online, and declare himself very much alive.
In a blog post titled "Not Dead Yet," George R.R. Martin did his best to assuage "GOT" fans' worries that he was the one who had died, writing, "It was Sir George Martin, of Beatles fame, who has passed away. Not me."
Of course, if concerned fans had done any kind of independent research on the topic, they could have easily figured that out for themselves, but alas, sometimes a simple Google search is too much to ask. But Martin was a good sport about the mix-up, citing another famous author's remarks on a similar misconception.
"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," Martin wrote.
It's long been a fear that Martin won't live long enough to finish his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, which still has two books to go. Martin's writing has been so famously delayed that "Game of Thrones" is now moving past the source material, and, with Martin's blessing, will soon divulge plot details from his novels that have yet to be published. He may not be dead yet, but we doubt fans will ever stop worrying about losing him before he wraps his series.
The author assured everyone, though, that he was still hard at work.
"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," he wrote. "But thank you all for caring."
You're welcome, George. But maybe a little less reading and movie-watching, and more writing? Please and thank you.
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