Mississippi Man Who Woke Up in Body Bag 2 Weeks Ago Dies

Walter Williams was pronounced dead on February 26 after the coroner failed to detect his pulse. He woke inside a body bag at a funeral home

By Kyli Singh
|  Thursday, Mar 13, 2014  |  Updated 12:25 PM PDT
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Walter Williams, a 78-year-old man who was discovered alive in a body bag after declared dead two weeks ago, died on Thursday.

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A 78-year-old Mississippi man who two weeks ago was discovered alive and kicking inside a body bag after he was pronounced dead, died on Thursday, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Holmes County, Miss., Coroner Dexter Howard confirmed that Walter Williams died at around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

Williams’ family said after his near-death experience that they were just happy to spend some more time with him.

"He's got very strong faith, and he instilled it in us all," Williams' daughter, Mary Williams, told the paper. "That's how we know it's the Lord that brought him back, and not just the man."

Williams, of Lexington, Miss., was pronounced dead the first time on February 26 after a coroner failed to detect his pulse. He was taken to Porter and Sons Funeral Home to be embalmed where he began kicking inside the body bag.

An ambulance was called to transport Williams -- who was known as "Snowball" or "Snow" because he was born during a Mississippi blizzard--- to the hospital where he was stabilized. Shortly after he was talking to family and friends.


Williams, a father of 11, grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of six, was receiving at-home hospice care for end-stage cardiovascular disease and was suffering from severe hypoglycemia, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

Officials at the University of Mississippi Medical Center said that Williams' critical hypoglycemia mixed with medications given during hospice care would have made it tough to find a pulse, The Clarion-Ledge reported.

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