My husband and I were discussing Bob Ross, the unfortunately haired painter who had shows on PBS, when my husband asked, "He's dead, isn't he?"
"I dunno. From what? Bad hair?" I asked.
"Noooooo. From cancer, I think."
I went to Google, typed in "Bob Ross dead alive," and was given the Dead or Alive? web site as my first search hit.
Sadly, Bob Ross died of cancer in 1995.
However, this is an excellent tool when settling arguments about someone's demise.