Book Exposes Hilarity Found in Obituaries from Around the Country

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Last laugh comes from beyond the grave in new book

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To some, death is a solemn occasion, filled with quiet contemplation and reflection. The Cox brothers are not such people. Their new book, Deadly Mistakes: Real Obituaries Gone Amusingly Wrong (published by AuthorHouse), is filled with annotated examples of hilarious obituaries from around the country. When describing their motivation, the brothers say:

Obits generally are rather simple. In the words of Sergeant Joe Friday, they “just state the facts.” But some people just can’t state the relevant/important facts and leave it at that. They often treat the trivial as important, minutia as meaningful.

Life may not be fair, but it can be pretty absurd. It can be amusing. As Will Rogers said, “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.” Sam Peckinpah was a bit more jaded when he said, “Life is awful. Ain’t it fun to watch.”

The Cox brothers are poignant, witty and irreverent. They succeed in finding the funny in every obituary, proving that nothing – not even death – is so serious that it can’t be humorous. Their comments lead readers through pages of unlikely conclusions and outrageous claims, and guarantee head-shaking laughter on every page. Deadly Mistakes proves that it’s better to go out laughing.

About the Authors
Terry Cox, 64, is a retired high school history teacher, part-time political activist and full-time cynic. Terry and his wife Pam live in Nevada, where he writes angry letters to the editor. They are rejected.

Scott Cox, 60, is a process-improvement consultant. He and his wife Pat live in Arizona, where he roots for the Phoenix Suns and works crossword puzzles. He did well on his last prostate exam.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing provider, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. For more information, visit


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