London, Jun 30: “No Country for Old Men” author Cormac McCarthy is “alive and well”, despite rumours to the contrary. The confusion began when a Twitter account impersonating publisher Alfred A Knopf wrote that McCarthy had died of a “stroke” earlier on Tuesday, reported Digital Spy.

However, McCarthy’s publisher Penguin Random House quickly tweeted to assure fans that the 82-year-old writer is still among us. “Cormac McCarthy is alive and well and still doesn’t care about Twitter,” the publisher tweeted. The supposed Alfred A Knopf Twitter later acknowledged it had perpetrated a hoax on behalf of Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti. (ALSO READ: Mrinal Sen’s family snubs news about his demise)

McCarthy is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such classic books as “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road.” He also penned the screenplay for Ridley Scott’s thriller “The Counselor”, which starred Michael Fassbender, Penlope Cruz and Cameron Diaz .