In case you were wondering, Abe Vigoda is alive.
For future updates, may I suggest the 'Abe Vigoda Status' extension for Firefox?
When Firefox starts up, this extension automatically fetches Abe Vigoda's current status, and displays it in a small panel on the status bar. It periodically does so again every so often, so that you always have relatively recent information on Abe Vigoda's status.Another Firefox extension that I just found out about and that I think is incredibly cool is 'Customize Google'. It has a load of features, including the ability to anonymize your googling, but what I like best is that when you use Google's image search - which I do all the time - it lets you click directly to the image itself, instead of going through the pointless intermediary page that Google makes you look at (the image 'in context').
Of course, sometimes, "relatively recent" is simply not good enough. There are times when you absolutely need to know Abe Vigoda's status in an up-to-the-minute fashion. In such cases, you can click on the extension's panel in the status bar, which will bring up a popup menu. One option on the popup menu is "Recheck Abe Vigoda's current status"; selecting this will cause the extension to immediately fetch Abe Vigoda's status.