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Calm Down, Internet! ‘Seinfeld’s’ Wayne Knight Is Still Alive

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Wayne Knight attends the TV Land holiday premiere party for "Hot in Cleveland" and "The Exes" at SD26 Nov. 29, 2011 in New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Newman isn’t dead. Wayne Knight, the actor who famously played conniving mailman Newman on “Seinfeld,” is the latest victim of the random-dead-celebrity-rumor mill after rumors circulated today that Knight had died in a car accident at the New York-Pennsylvania border. While the fatal accident unfortunately did happen, a woman died in the wreck, not Wayne Knight, as Knight wasn’t even in the car. He took to Twitter to debunk the rumor.

Knight later tweeted again after some didn’t believe he was still alive. As of 5 p.m., even IMDb.com still had him listed as dead!

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Knight also tweeted condolences to the family of the woman who did die in the accident.

The bogus story came from a site called TMZ.today, the Daily Mail reported, which is sort of like the real TMZ except it’s not affiliated with it at all and they published this wrong story. Their site links to another site called eBuzzd, which used Twitter as a source in one long, wrong Web wormhole.

Here’s a great compilation of the still-alive Wayne Knight on “Seinfeld.” Newman!