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Walter Williams, the man who "woke up in a body bag," has died

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HOLMES COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

You may remember the story of the Holmes county man who woke up in a body bag at a funeral home; today we've received confirmation that 78-year-old Walter Williams has died.

Porter and Sons' Funeral Home has confirmed that Mr. Williams died on Thursday morning.

Mr. Williams, who was also known as "Snowball", was "born in '36, the year of the big snowstorm."

Mr. Williams, who lived in Lexington, was pronounced dead on the morning of February 26.  The coroner could reportedly not find a pulse.

His daughter Gracie said, "He stopped breathing, the coroner pronounced him dead, and my brothers helped the coroner put him in the "bag"."

A few hours later, workers at Porter and Sons' Funeral Home prepared for embalming, they began hearing some noise coming from a place they're not used to hearing noise: inside a body bag.

Funeral Director Byron Porter, who had gone to the family home with the coroner to pick up Mr. Williams' body, says they thought it was due to the "deceased's" pacemaker. 

"We were getting ready transport him to the embalming table when we noticed he was moving, and had activities."

When they finally opened the bag, Mr. Williams opened his eyes.

He was not quite ready for his final resting place after all.

They immediately called paramedics who diagnosed him as alive and transported him to the Holmes Co. Hospital.

Doctors believe he suffered congestive heart failure. 

His family said he told them the whole thing felt like a deep sleep, and the next thing he knew he was in the hospital.

His family also stressed that they are "prayerful" and strong in faith. They say this whole event was "God's Will."

"People ask me if were mad with the coroner and I said no he did his job, it's God's work and were happy," said Gracie Williams.

We will update you with more information as it becomes available to us.

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