'Dead man' turns up at his own wake


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The Independent US

A car washer shocked his family by turning up at his own wake.

Gilberto Araujo's family and friends were gathered round a coffin at his mother's home in the eastern town of Alagoinhas when he showed up, causing some guests to faint and others to flee.

The dead man was another car washer who had been wrongly identified.

Mr Araujo, 41, who had not seen his family for four months, was told of his "death" by a friend.

He said: "Guys, I'm alive, pinch me." His mother said: "It was a fright. I'm very happy because what mother has a son that they say is dead, who then turns up alive?"