A man said he was “still alive” after discovering his tombstone in a cemetery.
Alan Hattel, 75, suspected that something was wrong when his social life became completely peaceful.
Now, Alan, of Tayside, Scotland, has found out why his phone stopped ringing after finding out that the rumor that he was dead had spread – with even a headstone bearing his name.
Alan said the headstone was erected in the Newmonthill cemetery in Forfar completely without his knowledge.
He said, “People think I’m dead.
“My phone hasn’t rang for three or four months now. I’ve been confused by everything but now I know why nobody called.
“I don’t even want to be buried, I plan to be cremated.”
The retiree said the situation was like something out of the comedy classic, Only Fools and Horses – and claims that confusion depends on his ex-wife, whom he separated from 26 years ago.
Alan, who has two grown children, claims to have purchased a plot of land to be buried together, with both names engraved on the tombstone.
But he still has no idea how the stone was born because attempts to contact his former partner were unsuccessful, reports Il Corriere.
He added: “I never, ever said I wanted to be buried with my ex-wife.
“We have been separated for 26 years and there is no animosity but I am struggling to settle for everything.”
Alan said the discovery of his grave is not “something that happens every day”.
Now he is speaking to make it clear and spread the news that he is very much alive.
Alan also spoke to Angus Council officials and plans to put a cover on the plaque bearing his name.
Later a family member said to the courier, “This is a family matter that is being treated privately.”
The Angus Council said it had not been able to discuss the matter or disclose any information about who purchased the plot as it was a confidential matter.