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'Dead' man attends own funeral

Nov. 8, 2009 at 12:54 PM

CURITIBA, Brazil, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Stunned relatives tried to jump out a window when a man presumed dead showed up at his own funeral in southern Brazil, officials said.

"In my 10 years in this business, I have never witnessed a scene like this," said Natanael Honorato, manager of the funeral home in Brazil's Parana state.

Ademir Jorge Goncalves, 59, a bricklayer, was identified as the victim of a car crash and his funeral scheduled for Nov. 2, a religious holiday known as the Day of the Dead, CNN reported Sunday.

Goncalves, however, wasn't dead. He'd spent the night drinking at a bar near the site of the crash, but wasn't the victim. When he learned of the mix-up, he went to the Funeraria Rainha das Colinas funeral home and walked in on his grieving family, some of whom tried to jump out a window when they saw him.

The mystery was solved later in the day when a family from a neighboring town identified the dead man as their missing son and took his body home for burial, Honorato said.

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