'Dead Man' Shows Up at His Own Wake

His family is happily surprised

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 24, 2012 7:07 PM CDT | Updated Oct 28, 2012 12:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – A car-wash attendant named Gilberto Araujo had to show up at his own wake to prove to everyone he wasn't dead. ABC News and the Guardian have the strange tale from Brazil: It started when another car-washer who kind of looked like Araujo was murdered, and both police and Araujo's brother misidentified the body. The family set about making arrangements, and on the day of the wake, one of Araujo's buddies informed him that he was supposed to be dead. The 41-year-old walked over to his mother's house to see.

"The girls fell, fainted," she recalls. "[We] had people running. The street filled with bikes, cars, everything. It was a fright. I’m very happy because what mother has a son that they say is dead then turns up alive?”

A frame grab of Gilberto Araujo.
A frame grab of Gilberto Araujo.   (YouTube)
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A friend told me there was a coffin and that I was inside it. So I said, ‘But I’m alive, pinch me.’ - Gilberto Araujo

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