But this one that you're about to read was an elaborate prank that felt very real to many people.
A man faked his own death and then turned up at his own funeral in a helicopter to prank his family.
His actions were part of an elaborate stunt to teach his family 'a lesson' about staying in touch.
David Baerten, 45, had shared details of his elaborate plan with his wife and children so that they could help him pull it off by playing along with it on social media.
The TikTok creator said he wanted to pull off the stunt because he had lost touch with his wider family.
Before the hoax, one of his daughters helped to trick David's followers by writing a message on social media that read: "Rest in peace Daddy. I will never stop thinking about you."
"Why is life so unfair? Why you? You were going to be a grandfather, and you still had your whole life ahead of you. I love you! We love you! We will never forget you," the message added.
In the next stage of the act, David's family staged a funeral near Liege where many mourners turned up.
And during the proceedings, David arrived with a film crew in a helicopter to leave everyone stunned. Except his family, of course.
Unsurprisingly, all the mourners were flabbergasted upon seeing David step out of the helicopter. Some even shed tears of joy while hugging him tightly.
Following the prank, David said he wanted to see how his wider family would react to the news of his death.
"What I see in my family often hurts me. I never get invited to anything. Nobody sees me. We all grew apart. I felt unappreciated. That's why I wanted to give them a life lesson, and show them that you shouldn't wait until someone is dead to meet up with them," said David.
According to reports, the full video of the stunt is yet to be published on social media.