facebook
twitter
search
search

'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.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Man facing charges for petting the cougars at Ohio zoo
Sheriff's lieutenant to unidentified thief: 'Look at me son, I'm talking to you'
Plane nearly overturns in strong wind during Netherlands landing
Starbucks lifts ban on man who confronted drivers in spaces for disabled
Coolest pug of the summer beats the heat, snores in his pool