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'Dead' N.Y. man wants to be declared legally alive

'Dead' N.Y. Man Wants To Be Declared Legally Alive

According to KGTV, a 65-year-old man who goes by the name of Kwame Seku claims he is the former Winston Bright and wants to be declared alive again. Winston Bright, a California telephone company worker, was declared legally dead by a court after he disappeared.

Seku says, "I was lost, confused, and it was kind of frightening."

Bright, a married father of three, disappeared after leaving work back in October 1990 and was declared legally dead by a court in 2000. But Seku says he has a DNA test that proves he's really Winston Bright.

The New York Post reports Seku is trying to get a Manhattan Surrogate's Court to recognize him as Bright so he can collect a pension from the telephone company where he worked.

But not everyone is too happy he's come back from the dead, so to speak.

Leslie Bright, Winston's wife and the person who's been collecting that pension, told the New York Daily News she doesn't believe Seku's story and says he's not her husband.

Bright told the Post, "[Winston] kissed me on the cheek, called me at lunchtime like he always did and again when he was on his way home. He never made it."

But if Seku does turn out to be Bright, Leslie says she'll fight for the monetary support her husband would owe her. She told the Post, "I will go at him for back child support, cat support, everything! If he wants a fight, I'll give him a fight!"

Seku told the New York Post in an interview Wednesday that he found himself wandering the streets of San Diego sometime between 1990 and 1991 without any identification, money or recollection of how he got there.

He says after awhile, his memory began to return, and he was able to track down his old identity with the help of the Internet. He says he still can't remember what caused his amnesia in the first place.

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punnster February 22 2014 at 4:06 AM

Unless he has a relative you can check his DNA with,, they will have to compare with the DNA of the children. He better hope that at least one of them is his.

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BLESS THE LORD punnster February 22 2014 at 5:28 AM

Now that's funny,but could quite possibly be true.

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Pope John February 22 2014 at 1:24 AM

Sounds good to me. When they finally track me down, I'll just claim "confusion". No bigee.

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airborneinore February 21 2014 at 10:58 PM

What he had is something that affects many husbands , it's called selective memory. lol

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Roni airborneinore February 21 2014 at 11:28 PM

i agree lol

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callie102403 February 22 2014 at 8:10 AM


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steves1709 February 21 2014 at 10:54 PM

Umm, uhh, all you naysayers... ever hear of a paternity / DNA test to see if he's the real father of her child???

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Roni steves1709 February 21 2014 at 11:29 PM

he says he has the DNA to prove he's who he says he is

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deenashipman February 21 2014 at 10:08 PM

He magically figured out who he was when it came to money.

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rubies710 February 22 2014 at 8:28 AM

How convenient...at the ripe age of 65 he suddenly gets his memory and wants to collect his pension. He is full of it. He deserted his family.

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begleyjo February 22 2014 at 8:34 AM

Deadbeat Dad !!!! Arrest his ass the prison can support him.

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Joe P February 21 2014 at 8:59 PM

He wants MONEY, and SSI and benefits, too bad tell him to get lost again.

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ordobtrebla February 21 2014 at 11:19 PM

Where did he get the name Kwame Seku... ?
You just can't change your name unless you do it legally...
And you have to have an old name...

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