- Alan Hattel, a 75-year-old retired welder, has blamed his ex-wife for people thinking he was dead
- The man said that he realised something was amiss when his phone stopped ringing for several months
- Alan said the rumour was based on the fact that his former partner built a tombstone that had his name on it
Alan Hattel, a retired welder, had a rare encounter when he realised people thought he was dead and then stopped calling him.
The 75-year-old man said he became so concerned when his phone did not ring for months, cutting him off from most social circles.
He said that he realised how that happened when he got to see the tombstone his ex-wife erected for him, Briefly.co.za learned.
Standing beside the tombstone, the old man said: “I’m still alive”, saying the rumour that he was dead was over-exaggerated.
Alan also said that his ex-wife, whom he had separated from 26 years ago, built the headstone without his knowledge. The stone has his and his wife’s names on it.
He said she bought the plot of land and built the headstone with the intention to have them buried together.
“I've never, ever said I wanted to be buried alongside my ex-wife,” he said.
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