A moment during Sunday night’s Emmys sent shock waves across the Internet as people mistakenly thought actor Richard Dreyfuss had died.
People magazine reports that the misconception was sparked by the acceptance speech delivered by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for “Veep” and made a shaky, tear-filled speech.
Louis-Dreyfus concluded her acceptance speech by saying: “Lastly, I’d like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday. I’m so glad that he liked ‘Veep’ because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”
A number of social media users became confused and thought Richard Dreyfuss, an Oscar winner in 1978 for “The Goodbye Girl,” had died. The condolences began to circulate almost immediately.
Dreyfuss, 68, took to Twitter while the Emmys telecast was in progress and set the record straight, tweeting: “I’m actually not Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ father. But I really appreciate all the concerned tweets.”