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Monday, July 28, 2003

Bob Hope, the comedian whose daring personality and ski-sloped nose made him an icon of 20th-century entertainment, has died. He was 100.

Hope died at 9:28 p.m. Sunday (12:28 a.m. Monday ET) at his home in Toluca Lake, north of Hollywood, his publicist, Ward Grant, said. His death came less than two months after his 100th birthday, which was celebrated May 29.

This is the second time in the last few years in which Hope's death has been reported.

In 1998, news of Hope's death was prematurely reported. The story broke late in the afternoon and many news outlets carried it early the next morning. It was quickly retracted after Hope made a public appearance, to demonstrate he was still moving and could speak, saying, "See, I'm not dead!"

He then tossed off a few forgettable quips about 'not being dead', which the gathered journalists politely laughed at, mostly because - quite honestly - they were just relieved to see Hope wasn't dead.

As it turned out that last time, it was only his tired one-liners that had died.

Like that was news to anybody.

But Hope himself was still very much alive at that time.

According to his publicist, Hope plans to stay dead this time.

Reportedly, Hope's corpse - along with the recently expired comedian Buddy Hackett, singer June Carter Cash, and actors Buddy Ebsen and Katharine Hepburn - will soon headline a new stage tour in the Middle East, reaffirming his title as "Mr. Entertainment" even in death, to bring laughter to military personnel in the region.

"This new tour will be great for the troops," a U.S. military spokesman was quoted as saying, "since so many of them have been dying lately too. So they certainly understand the loss of Hope."


THIS JUST IN... Bob Hope is STILL dead. Check back for the latest updates in this continuing story!

posted by Pete 2:16 PM
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