‘Game of Thrones’ Author Assures Fans He’s Not the Dead George Martin

George R.R. Martin also pays tribute to deceased Beatles producer

Way to head a death rumor off at the pass, George R.R. Martin.

Martin, author of the fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the basis of HBO’s hit drama “Game of Thrones,” took to his blog on Wednesday, following the death of Beatles producer George Martin, to clear up any confusions that his fans may have.

“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 was Sir George Martin, of Beatles fame, who has passed away. Not me.”

While he was busy clearing the air, Martin went on to express his appreciation for the record producer, who manned the studio for most of the Beatles’ catalog.

“He will be missed,” Martin wrote. “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.”

Martin, the record producer, died Tuesday at age 90. Since news of his death broke, tributes have poured in, including from former Beatle Paul McCartney, who said the producer “was like a second father to him.”

Martin, the writer, concluded his clarification/tribute, “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. But thank you all for caring.”

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