Man Who Woke Up in Body Bag Has Died for Real

03/13/2014 at 05:00 PM EDT

Man Who Woke Up in Body Bag Has Died for Real
Walter Williams
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."

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