Man Alive at Own Funeral, Surprises Mom

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A 41-year-old Brazilian man shocked his family by showing up alive ... at his own funeral.

Not an everyday occurrence, but what it boiled down to was a case of mistaken identity.

Man at Own Funeral

Police inspector Roberto Lima told the media on Sunday that Jose Marcos Araujo identified a body at the city morgue as being that of his brother, Gilberto.

Lima said Jose Marcos took the body to his mother's home where a wake was held.

Gilberto then walked into his mother's home in the town of Alagoinhas, Brazil.

"The confusion started when news started circulating that a car washer had been shot dead," Jose Marcos' wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal.

"Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed."

Lima, the police inspector, said the confusion was "understandable."

"The two men resembled each other and worked as car washers," Lima said, adding that the man whose body was in the morgue was actually Genivaldo Santos Gama.