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Clive James

When did Clive James die?

MMDE: 2012

Current: 2019

Clive James was warmly regarded as the quick-witted, likeable 'bloke from Aussie' best known for his TV work. Reports of his death in 2019 took many by surprise, however, as they were sure he'd died 7 years earlier in 2012. Are they experiencing the Mandela Effect?

There are many celebrity death stories which turn out to be fake. Sometimes there is more to them, such as the Nelson Mandela one itself. The Clive James one may have an explanation, however, from the fact that people remember it being 2012 when he died. That's because in that year he announced on BBC Radio 4 that leukemia "had beaten him".

In fact he went on to write a weekly column for The Guardian until June 2017, and seemed to be aware of the celebrity death hoax phenomenon, because in his inimitable style he titled it "Reports of My Death..."


James was extremely intelligent, able to read, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. He first became ill in 2011 with suspected kidney failure, but was a heavy drinker and smoker in his early life.