Man reads own obituary in newspaper

Swedish man's sister mistakenly thought he had died in the


An 81-year-old Swedish man got the shock of his life when he read his own obituary in the local newspaper.

Sven-Olof Svensson is laughing off the blunder, telling the Jönköpings-Posten he didn't "feel much" after reading a summary of his life in print.

The mistake happened when Svensson was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Eve.

His 90-year-old sister called doctors and apparently misunderstood the diagnosis. Thinking her brother had died, she wrote up an obituary with the help of a friend, The Local reported.

When the friend showed up at the hospital to collect Svensson's belongings, he was surprised to find him very much alive.

"It's understandable to me that there may have been a mistake, even if it was fatal, in this case," Svensson said.

"We are all on the same road," he continued. "Sooner or later, you are going to end up in the obituary section. I've lived a fantastic long life. I'm 81 and can't complain about my age."