Nova Scotia

N.S. lawyer says rumours of his death greatly exaggerated

An Amherst, N.S. lawyer says he was surprised to hear people discussing his death since he remains very much alive.

Amherst, N.S. Lawyer Jim O'Neil says he's not sure how rumours of his death started

Jim O'Neil said he is alive and he's not sure why people believe he's dead. (CBC)

An Amherst, N.S. lawyer says he was surprised to hear people discussing his death since he remains very much alive.

Jim O'Neil said he is alive and he's not sure why people believe he's dead.  

"I don't know how it happened but last Friday I received a call from the local sheriff, a couple of calls, messages, urgent. I called back and she said, 'You're alive,' and she was happy and I said, 'great, I'm alive,'" said O'Neil.  

"She explained to me that apparently someone had posted on Facebook that I was dead, that I died the night before. It went viral and it went through Tim Horton's and the whole town believed I was [dead]."  

Though O'Neil has tried to quash the rumours, whisperings of his supposed death continue.  

"I heard stories that he is dead ... and then I heard stories that he isn't dead," said Amherst resident Richard Dappolonio.    

"Well they were saying something that he passed away but I don't think it's true ... I was just in the Tim Hortons [when I heard]," said Amherst resident Marilyn MacDonald.

O'Neil said it's important to have a sense of humour about these things.  

"I may appear to be lifeless on occasion," he wrote in one email, "Please spread the word that I am not now dead, nor have I ever been dead."  

He said he plans to stay alive for a while yet.

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