Emails From Dead Man Shock Friends
In June 2011, Jack Froese died from heart arrhythmia at age 32. But five months after his death, his friends started receiving posthumous emails from Froese’s account. At first they were shocked, but as the emails continued to come in, and with a personal touch, Froese’s friends say they don’t mind the messages anymore.
The first to receive an email from Froese’s ‘ghost’ account was childhood best friend Tim Hart. In an interview with the BBC, Hart explained:
One night in November, I was sitting on my couch, going through my emails on my phone and it popped up, ‘sender: Jack Froese.’ I turned ghost white when I read it. It was very quick and short but to a point that only Jack and I could relate on.
The subject line was “I’m Watching,” while the body of the email read, “Did you hear me? I’m at your house. Clean your f—ing attic!!!”. Shortly before Froese’s death, Hart said that he and Froese had a private conversation in Hart’s attic, during which Froese teased him over the attic’s messy state. Even one of Froese’s cousin received a posthumous email from Froese, warning him about an ankle injury that occurred after Froese’s death.
Friends and family don’t know the source of the emails. There have been cases of emails sent from a deceased person’s account, even on Facebook, but those were usually traced back to spam accounts or friends and family of the deceased who had access to the account.
Hart says he doesn’t mind the emails coming in. While it’s interesting how the emails manage to contain a personal touch, the messages still provide an ‘unexpected connection’ with their late friend, and says it has helped Froese’s friends and family with the grieving process.
Just as long as they don’t start getting Evites to parties Froese is hosting from the beyond.