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Mourners shocked as dead man walks into his own funeral

A 41-year-old car washer in Brazil surprised his family when he turned up at his own funeral.
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Family were shocked and some people fainted when the man walked into his funeral. (Mario Carlini / Iguana Press/AFP/Getty Images)

The family of a Brazilian man, 41, were shocked - and some fainted - when he walked into his funeral.

The bizarre case of mistaken identity occurred last Sunday when Jose Marcos Araujo heard news circulating in the town that a car washer had been shot dead and his body was at the morgue, The Associated Press reported.

He assumed it was his brother, Jose.

"Police called my husband and told him that his brother had been killed and his body was at the morgue."Jose Marcos' wife, Ana Paula, told the UOL Internet news portal. 

According to police, the two men resembled each other and both were car washers. 

Mail Online said a few hours before the Monday burial "a friend of Gilberto's saw him walking down the street and told him that his family was mourning him," he said.

He then rushed to his wake to explain the mix-up, and according to reports some people passed out while others ran away.

Gilberto's mother Marina Santana said: "I am overjoyed. What mother wouldn't be after being told that her son is dead and then sees him alive."

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