03/13/2014 at 04:00 PM EDT
The Mississippi man who was pronounced dead before waking up in a body bag
has now actually passed away, according to his local newspaper.
Walter Williams, 78, died early Thursday morning, the Clarion-Ledger reports
. On Feb. 26, the farmer grabbed headlines for what his family called a "resurrection": Just hours after being declared dead and transported to a funeral home, he awoke alive and flailing in a body bag, and was treated at a hospital.
"He was not dead, long story short," funeral director Byron Porter told a local news network
at the time, and the county coroner deemed the incident a miracle.
Two weeks later, Williams lost his battle with congestive heart failure. Still, his children find solace in his miraculous story – and the extra time they were able to spend with him.
"We're at peace, we know he has fought a good fight," daughter Mary Williams told the Clarion-Ledger
. "His sister was able to make it into town, and he got to see his last grandchild, and all of his grandkids. That was a blessing."