In an odd sequence of events, the Germany legend was pronounced dead by a Bavarian court, to which the 52-year-old responded angrily.
Court officials in Munich attempted to send documents to Matthaus regarding a legal dispute with his ex-wife, but were unable to locate the former Bayern Munich star. In a bizarre twist, the court deemed the lack of contact as sufficient grounds to ascertain his demise, stamping "deceased" in his official court file.
The revelation did not sit well with Matthaus, who asserted to Bild that he was, in fact, still alive and well.
“I’m alive, and everyone can see that I’m alive, whether they watch me on the pitch or on the TV,” he fumed. “If anyone wants to see where I am, this is quite simple.”
Matthaus won 150 caps for Germany during a 20-year international career. Since retiring in 2001, he has held positions as a coach and analyst.