The humorous quote is based on a letter Twain sent to a newspaper reporter who had asked Twain about rumors that he was dying. A popular misquote from a line attributed to American author and humorist mark twain. In May 1897, his. According to legend, a reporter found Mark Twain and asked him what comment he had about the rumor that he was dead.
In 1897, an English journalist from the New York Journal contacted Twain to ask him whether the rumors that he was seriously ill or already dead were true.