Man Alive At Own Funeral: Murdered Doppelganger In Casket As Man Interrupts His Eulogy

By Amir Khan on October 24, 2012 9:19 AM EDT

Own Funeral
A man alive at his own funeral? Sounds like something out of a movie, but Gilberto Araujo's family got the surprise of the century when he turned up at his own funeral on Tuesday in Sao Paolo, Brazil. So who was in the casket? (Photo: YouTube)

A man alive at his own funeral? Sounds like something out of a movie, but Gilberto Araujo's family got the surprise of the century when he turned up at his own funeral on Tuesday in Sao Paolo, Brazil. So who was in the casket?

Gilberto Araujo, who works at a car wash, had been missing for four months when his brother, Jose Marcos, positively identified a body at the city morgue as being Gilberto.

"The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead," Jose Marcos' wife, Ana Paula, said, according to the New York Post. "Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue."

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However, a few hours before the burial, a friend of Gilberto saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was preparing to bury him. Gilberto immediately went home to let his family know he was okay.

"Some people fainted and others were so scared they ran away," Maria Menezes, a friend of the family, told the Daily Mail. "It was a big shock."

Roberto Lima, Sao Paolo police inspector, said the confusion is understandable.

"The two men closely resembled each other and both worked as car washers," he said.

Gilberto's mother Marina Santana said she was happy to have her son home.

"I am overjoyed," she said. "What mother wouldn't be after being told that her son is dead and then sees him alive."

There is no word on where Gilberto was for the past four months, however.

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