History Main / ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated

12th Aug '17 7:32:52 AM Naram-Sin
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* Ugandan anti-death penalty activist Edward Edmary Mpagi spent 18 years in death row for the murder of a businessman named George William Wandyaka. In reality, Wandyaka had been injured during a home robbery, but survived. However, the outbreak of civil war in Uganda cut communications between Masaka (where the attack took place) and the capital Kampala (where Mpagi was arrested), making preventing the correction of the error.

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* Ugandan anti-death penalty activist Edward Edmary Mpagi spent 18 years in death row for the murder of a businessman named George William Wandyaka. In reality, Wandyaka had been injured during a home robbery, but survived. However, the outbreak of civil war in Uganda cut communications between Masaka (where the attack took place) and the capital Kampala (where Mpagi was arrested), making preventing the correction of the error.
12th Aug '17 7:30:42 AM Naram-Sin
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* Ugandan anti-death penalty activist Edward Edmary Mpagi spent 18 years in death row for the murder of a businessman named George William Wandyaka. In reality, Wandyaka had been injured during a home robbery, but survived. However, the outbreak of civil war in Uganda cut communications between Masaka (where the attack took place) and the capital Kampala (where Mpagi was arrested), making preventing the correction of the error.
8th Aug '17 10:23:57 AM Eddy1215
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** Surprsingly, the Big Mom Pirates make this assumption of Sanji Retrieval Team during a meeting, due to a combination of unaware facts and Opera lying about Jinbe freeing Luffy and Nami [[YouHaveFailedMe to avoid punishment]]. Because of this, the Straw Hats were able to be successful {{Wedding Smasher}}s.

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** Surprsingly, the Big Mom Pirates make this assumption of Sanji Retrieval Team during a meeting, due to a combination of unaware facts and Opera lying about Jinbe freeing Luffy and Nami [[YouHaveFailedMe to avoid punishment]]. Because of this, the Straw Hats were able to be successful {{Wedding Smasher}}s.WeddingSmashers.
8th Aug '17 10:21:45 AM Eddy1215
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** The pirate Jack was reported dead after he picked a fight with Issho, Sengoku, and Tsuru. However, the Mink tribe, which was recently attacked by Jack given a sample of just how freakishly strong he is, worry that he might be alive because they NeverFoundTheBody; And he is, injured, but alive and more than furious that the newspapers wrote him off.

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** The pirate Jack was reported dead after he picked a fight with Issho, Sengoku, and Tsuru. However, the Mink tribe, Tribe, which was recently attacked by Jack given a sample of just how freakishly strong he is, worry that he might be alive because they NeverFoundTheBody; And he is, injured, but alive and more than furious that the newspapers wrote him off.off.
** Surprsingly, the Big Mom Pirates make this assumption of Sanji Retrieval Team during a meeting, due to a combination of unaware facts and Opera lying about Jinbe freeing Luffy and Nami [[YouHaveFailedMe to avoid punishment]]. Because of this, the Straw Hats were able to be successful {{Wedding Smasher}}s.
8th Aug '17 9:53:34 AM MM_Crusader
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* At the end of the first season of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', Lee watched as Kenny is surrounded by a group of walkers and is presumed to have perished. In the next season, Clementine is surprised to meet him again as she was told about his fate.
27th Jul '17 5:45:27 PM twilicorn
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* In a truly tragic and bizarre turn, when popular fan fiction writer "becuzitswrong" (whose collective stories have over half a million subscribers on fanfiction.net) started suffering serious delays in updating because of chronic health problems, a rumor made the rounds that the writer had died. Eventually, he posted an update to several fan fiction archives saying that, no, he was still alive and would be returning to regular updates soon. He even went so far as to quote the line "reports of my death were greatly exaggerated" and said that "things have finally calmed down and I am starting to write again. It is a wonderful feeling." Unfortunately, he died for real less than a week after this announcement was posted.

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* In a truly tragic and bizarre turn, when popular fan fiction writer "becuzitswrong" (whose collective stories have over half a million subscribers on fanfiction.net) started suffering serious delays in updating because of chronic health problems, a rumor made the rounds that the writer had died. Eventually, he posted an update to several fan fiction archives saying that, no, he was still alive and would be returning to regular updates soon. He even went so far as to quote the line "reports of my death were greatly exaggerated" and said that "things "[[TemptingFate things have finally calmed down and I am starting to write again. It is a wonderful feeling." ]]" Unfortunately, he died for real less than a week after this announcement was posted.


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* [[http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/pages-nf/main deadoraliveinfo.com]] is a good site to disprove this trope - only, new names have only been added infrequently since about 2008, and there's very few people currently (2017) in the database born after 1958[[note]]their criteria for having a living person included in their database include being 50 or older[[/note]]. Not to mention that it still lists certain dead people, such as Ruby Mohammed, Creator/JoanFontaine, Creator/MaureenOHara, Creator/StanFreberg, and the previously-mentioned Ray Price as still being alive. That said, the siterunners will still update someone's life status to accommodate their death (and occasionally the cause) if they really need to.
22nd Jul '17 8:17:07 PM DrOO7
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* Often a component of the BackFromTheDead storylines that are frequently seen on [[SoapOpera soap operas]]. Sometimes the person resurfacing is as much a shock to the viewer as it is to the characters, but ocasionally, the audience is fully aware that the person is alive:
** ''Series/AllMyChildren'''s Tad Martin was blown from a bridge. The viewer saw that he survived, but wandered off with amnesia while his loved ones mourned and didn't return until two years later, still with no memory of his past.
** ''Series/OneLifeToLive'''s Todd Manning was shot multiple times and thrown over a cliff. The last viewers saw of him until the following year was him lying on a beach with his eyes slowly opening, while his wife was left to mourn.
*** Examples where the character remained onscreen:
** ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'''s Jack was presumed dead in a car accident and woke up in a hospital with no memory of his past life. However, he didn't disappear--viewers actually saw scenes of him being nursed back to health interspersed with scenes of his wife and children mourning him that lasted for several months until the two ran into each other and he snapped out of it.
** A nearly identical situation when ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s Luke was presumed dead in an avalanche.
** And when ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless''' Victor also supposedly died in a car accident, but was rescued by a blind woman who cared for him on her farm and even educated him about who he'd been before. In another instance, he was actually being held prisoner after a plane crash.
*** ''Deliberate'' SoapOpera examples:
** ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless''' Victor again, who was so fed up with his bickering family that he allowed them to believe he was dead.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s Luke and Laura faked her death in an explosion in order to flee the evil Cassadines who had recently returned to town. And Damian Smith did the same thing to frame his ex-girlfriend for his supposed murder.
16th Jul '17 11:55:57 AM nombretomado
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* ''Unofficial History'' by Sir William Slim. During WW2, Brigadier Slim encounters some British troops under his command fleeing an attack by Italian bombers. They earnestly inform him they are the {{sole survivor}}s after their unit was wiped out, one of them adding that the brigadier is dead as well. Slim assures them that he's very much alive, then orders them back to their unit (which is still intact, just demoralized having never been in combat before).

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* ''Unofficial History'' by Sir William Slim. During WW2, [=WW2=], Brigadier Slim encounters some British troops under his command fleeing an attack by Italian bombers. They earnestly inform him they are the {{sole survivor}}s after their unit was wiped out, one of them adding that the brigadier is dead as well. Slim assures them that he's very much alive, then orders them back to their unit (which is still intact, just demoralized having never been in combat before).
3rd Jul '17 10:08:36 PM Eps05
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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', after Roy defeats Xyklon in the Redmountains, he thought he finally fulfilled his mission, unaware that Redcloak had a SoulJar that would enable Xyklon to regenerate his body. It wasn't until the Azure City saga where Roy learned from his father that Xyklon was still alive.

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* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', after Roy defeats Xyklon Xykon in the Redmountains, he thought he finally fulfilled his mission, unaware that Redcloak had a SoulJar that would enable Xyklon Xykon to regenerate his body. It wasn't until the Azure City saga where Roy learned from his father that Xyklon Xykon was still alive.
27th Jun '17 11:48:57 AM JackG
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* In ''Unofficial History'' by Sir William Slim. During WW2, Brigadier Slim encounters some British troops under his command fleeing an attack by Italian bombers. They earnestly inform him they are the {{sole survivor}}s after their unit was wiped out, one of them adding that the brigadier is dead as well. Slim assures them that he's very much alive, then orders them back to their unit (which is still intact, just demoralized having never been in combat before).

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* In ''Unofficial History'' by Sir William Slim. During WW2, Brigadier Slim encounters some British troops under his command fleeing an attack by Italian bombers. They earnestly inform him they are the {{sole survivor}}s after their unit was wiped out, one of them adding that the brigadier is dead as well. Slim assures them that he's very much alive, then orders them back to their unit (which is still intact, just demoralized having never been in combat before).
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