Man fakes death to avoid marriage

23-year-old British woman had paid for her dress, invitations,

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OK, we know some view marriage as a "death" of sorts. But one man took things a little too far.

Tucker Blandford, 23, apparently faked his own death to avoid marrying fiancee Alex Lancaster on Aug. 15, according to the Daily Mail.

The two met in August 2012 while she was attending college in Connecticut.

They fell quickly in love, and Blandford proposed before Lancaster, who is also 23, was set to return home to the UK. She said yes.

The couple began planning a wedding in Connecticut, with Lancaster spending money on a dress, invitations and even flights for Blandford so they could see each other.

But a few months ago, Lancaster got a phone call from a man claiming to be Blandford's father.

"He told me Tucker had been deeply depressed and wanted to die, so had thrown himself in front of a car," Lancaster told Yahoo! News UK. "The man explained that they had been trying to send Tucker off to a psychiatric unit for help. But it was too late. I couldn't breathe. It was absolutely devastating."

When she called the family back a short time later, Blandford's mom answered and said her son was alive and well. She thought the two had split up, and it turns out, Blandford had never even booked the venue for their nuptials.

"I'm a terrible, awful person. I know I shouldn't have told her I was dead, but I didn't know what else to do," Blandford told the Daily Mail.