Hi, honey, I can't marry you because I'm dead

Alex Lanchester (left) of England and Tucker Blandford of Connecticut were engaged until he tried to convince her he was dead, by calling and pretended he was his father breaking news of a suicide.

Is it illegal to kill someone if he claimed he's already dead?

The thought might have crossed Alex Lanchester's mind after fiance Tucker Blandford tried to weasel out of marrying her by calling to say he committed suicide. 

Actually, the Connecticut man pretended to be his own father when he called Lanchester in her native England to break the "news" that depression drove poor Tucker to fatally hurl himself in front of a car.

"Fake your own death, Seth," is not a suggestion in Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

Lanchester found out when she called his mother to offer her sympathies, she told the Mirror of London.

They were to be married Aug. 15 at the University of Connecticut, where they met in the summer of 2012, while she was studying abroad.

She'd already made all sorts of plans for the wedding, from invitations to a photographer to bridesmaid's dresses.

“I’m really glad I’m not going to be married to the kind of lowlife scumbag who would fake his own death and just be really mean about it. and really cowardlike about the way he’s breaking up with me,” she said in a video.

"I’m a terrible awful person," Blandford said, according to the Daily Mail. "... Alex is an amazing girl but I got scared and wanted to get out of the relationship.”

Weirdly, he said he thought "if I could just postpone everything it would be better."

Postpone?! Dude, then you should have said you were in a coma.

"I’ve learned a lot and I’m a great person without him," she said.

Among a couple of thousand comments on Yahoo were these:

Katherine All I can say is that she was SO lucky! I had a guy who changed his mind, cancelled, begged my forgiveness,,,and in a fit of stupidity, I actually married him. Two weeks after our wedding (we both had homes), he moved back to his house and said he made a mistake. Refused to divorce me for a year, and made my life a living hell! I can only say I wish HE had told me that he was dead. LOL!

anjana ... It happened to me about 10 years ago. Only the grooms entire family was in on it. Every one told me he died in a motorcycle accident in India during a short visit. I had to get the help of Mumbai police and the US consulate in India, to verify the fact that it was completely made up. The local police in LA said it was not against the law for the family to claim he is dead. The same person today is himself a member of law enforcement.

mike he is a moron. fake death? why not tell you're gay, joined the army or sex addict. thousands of lies who are imposible to verify. ... read a book moron. do a google search. ask a friend.

Tragically, there was also a story this week about a man who died after a proposal.

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