George R.R. Martin Tactfully Assures Fans He’s Not the George Martin Who Died

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George R.R. Martin, still goin' strong. Photo: Frederick M. Brown/2011 Getty Images

George Martin, the longtime Beatles producer, died Tuesday at the age of 90. Meanwhile, George R.R. Martin, the acclaimed fantasy author, is still alive and well at the comparatively youthful age of 67 — a fact the living Martin was forced to underline on his Livejournal. "While it is strangely moving to realize that so many people around the world care so deeply about my life and death," he explained, "I have to go with Mark Twain and insist that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated." Martin added that he was as heartbroken by the loss of "the fifth Beatle" as anyone else, but noted he had no intention of dying any time soon: "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."