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28th May '18 6:52:18 PM wuggles
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* ''Series/{{Haven}}'': In the season 3 finale, The Barn vanishes while Duke Crocker is in it. In the season 4 premiere, he reappears, but finds six months have passed and everyone thought he was dead. It causes a few problems, like him getting arrested and accused of being an impostor.

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* ''Series/{{Haven}}'': In the season 3 finale, [[PlaceBeyondTime The Barn Barn]] vanishes while Duke Crocker is in it. In the season 4 premiere, he reappears, but finds six months have passed and everyone thought he was dead. It causes a few problems, like him getting arrested and accused of being an impostor.


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* On ''Series/SiliconValley'', after Erlich goes to Tibet, Jian Yang manages to get him declared legally dead in order to steal his estate (which includes 10% of Pied Piper).
25th Apr '18 10:08:16 PM nombretomado
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* Macbeth in the backstory of ''{{Gargoyles}}''. One of Demona's plots against him in the present also invokes this trope.

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* Macbeth in the backstory of ''{{Gargoyles}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. One of Demona's plots against him in the present also invokes this trope.
25th Apr '18 6:58:03 PM tomandtish
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*There's often a statute of limitations on having a death ruling overturned. Donald Eugene Miller Jr was declared legally dead in 1994, 8 years after he disappeared. When he turned up in 2013 and tried to have the ruling overturned, he found out that he couldn't because the time frame had passed. His mistake was trying to have the ruling overturned (so it never happened) instead of simply having himself declared alive again. But as of 2014 he didn't have the money to handle the legal work of having himself declared alive. http://www.xdtalk.com/threads/it-sucks-to-be-donald-eugene-miller-jr.244925/
12th Apr '18 4:34:14 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':

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* * ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
12th Apr '18 4:34:13 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':

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* * ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':



** Later volumes expanded on the "briefly" part: if the victim lives, but had to be revived by [[MadScientist an Igor]], it still counts as Murder, rather than Attempted Murder. (However, in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' this trope doesn't actually apply to Nutt, because he was brought back by [[OurOrcsAreDifferent his orc biology]] not the Igor.)

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** Later volumes expanded on the "briefly" part: if the victim lives, but had to be revived by [[MadScientist an Igor]], it still counts as Murder, rather than Attempted Murder. (However, in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' this trope doesn't actually apply to Nutt, because he was brought back by [[OurOrcsAreDifferent his orc biology]] biology]], not the Igor.)
12th Apr '18 4:33:55 AM nighttrainfm
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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' city of Ankh-Morpork has a similar ruling, although the consequences are not for the person who died. People who commit murder are hanged. If their victim is only briefly dead, they will only be [[GallowsHumor briefly hanged]].

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* * ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' city of Ankh-Morpork has a similar ruling, although the consequences are not for the person who died. People who commit murder are hanged. If their victim is only briefly dead, they will only be [[GallowsHumor briefly hanged]].
8th Apr '18 8:02:24 AM GaryKing95
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* Jimmy Hoffa, Judge Joseph Force Crater, Ray Gricar, etc. have all been declared this, .

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* Jimmy Hoffa, Judge Joseph Force Crater, Ray Gricar, etc. have all been declared this, .this.
* Music/ManicStreetPreachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards was declared legally dead in 2008, after having disappeared in 1995.
24th Feb '18 7:46:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6xX_jJnNzc Baby, I'm Back]]'': In 1978, this short-lived sitcom featured Demond Wilson (better known as the second half of the title pair of ''SanfordAndSon'') as a man who abandons his family, and returns after having been declared dead to try to reconcile with wife and children, his efforts being thwarted by his DeadpanSnarker former mother-in-law. It was presumably meant to be a modernized reworking of ''My Favorite Wife''/''Move Over Darling''.

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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6xX_jJnNzc Baby, I'm Back]]'': In 1978, this short-lived sitcom featured Demond Wilson (better known as the second half of the title pair of ''SanfordAndSon'') ''Series/SanfordAndSon'') as a man who abandons his family, and returns after having been declared dead to try to reconcile with wife and children, his efforts being thwarted by his DeadpanSnarker former mother-in-law. It was presumably meant to be a modernized reworking of ''My Favorite Wife''/''Move Over Darling''.
30th Dec '17 2:44:58 PM nombretomado
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* FanFictionDotNet: Often a SubvertedTrope on the Internet, where a writer who has returned from a long hiatus will remark that they're not dead, as evidenced by the update. This is only slightly justified, as most of these people post under a pseudonym and are unknown outside the Internet, so if ScheduleSlip means they go a long time without posting anything, then for all their readers know, they could have died in the interim. Played straight in a couple of cases, though the only ones that have been verified were in those where a relative verified things, and most were in short order.

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* FanFictionDotNet: Website/FanFictionDotNet: Often a SubvertedTrope on the Internet, where a writer who has returned from a long hiatus will remark that they're not dead, as evidenced by the update. This is only slightly justified, as most of these people post under a pseudonym and are unknown outside the Internet, so if ScheduleSlip means they go a long time without posting anything, then for all their readers know, they could have died in the interim. Played straight in a couple of cases, though the only ones that have been verified were in those where a relative verified things, and most were in short order.
4th Nov '17 9:39:32 AM Specialist290
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# has died, and formally it's enough even though [[BackFromTheDead they got better later]] (opposite of the RevivalLoophole). Subtrope of FantasticLegalWeirdness.

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# has actually died, and formally it's enough even though [[BackFromTheDead they got better later]] (opposite of the RevivalLoophole). Subtrope of FantasticLegalWeirdness.



# has been a victim of DeathFakedForYou, and a proper investigation was not conducted for whatever reason(s)

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# has been a victim of DeathFakedForYou, and a proper investigation was not conducted for whatever reason(s)
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