George RR Martin has confirmed that he is not dead and is still writing. The "Game of Thrones" author became a victim of mistaken identity as he shared the same name as the iconic Beatles producer, Sir George Martin, who died Wednesday at the age of 90.
When the news about the Fifth Beatle's death broke out, many fans mistook Sir George Martin for George RR Martin and started tweeting about it. But, "The Winds of Winter" author clarified all rumours revolving around his "apparent death."
"It was Sir George Martin, of Beatles fame, who has passed away. Not me," he wrote on his LiveJournal blog post.
"While it is strangely moving to realise 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 rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated," he said.
"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," he shared.
The author further confirmed that he is healthy and expects to live long. "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," he wrote.
Now, this must have come as a major relief to "Game of Thrones" fans who had already started wondering about the future of both "Game of Thrones" and "The Winds of Winter." But in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the author had anyway confirmed that even if something unfortunate happens, the series' showrunners know how to end it all.
"I don't know the ending of every secondary character. But the ending and the main characters, yeah. And "Game of Thrones" producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss know some of that too, which the fans are very worried about in case I get hit by a truck," he said.
Until then, fans can enjoy watching "Game of Thrones" Season 6 as the trailer has already confirmed that it will premiere April 24 at 9 p.m. on HBO.