Terry Gilliam at the 72nd annual Venice International Film Festival on Monday. (Ettore Ferrari/European Pressphoto Agency)

On Tuesday afternoon, Terry Gilliam tweeted that his 75th birthday was 75 days away. As “an early present,” he suggested that everybody check out his forthcoming book, “Gilliamesque.”

Hours later, Gilliam was dead.

Or so reported Variety, noting: “Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, Director of ‘Brazil,’ Dies at XXX.”

But the director/comedian/screenwriter/author/former American hadn’t actually died. Variety accidentally and prematurely published his obituary, which was quickly pulled from the trade publication’s Web site.

Gilliam responded with humor, of course.

“I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING DEAD especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks,” he wrote on Facebook. Of Variety, he wrote, “Don’t believe their retraction and apology!”

The post included a familiar photo of Gilliam lying in repose. Next to him was a woman holding a sign blaming his rapid aging on bad reviews from Variety.

I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING DEAD especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but, Variety has…

Posted by Terry Gilliam on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Perhaps he wasn’t dead — just resting.