A man was shocked when he was declared dead by a court.

Death ruling

Death ruling

Constantin Reliu, 63, was registered dead by his wife in 2016 after he didn't return home to Romania from Turkey, where he'd spent the previous two decades working.

Since then, he's been trying to prove to the authorities that he is, in fact, still alive and well.

However, despite tangible evidence to the contrary, a court recently refused to overrule his status, meaning he is still officially considered to be dead.

He explained: ''I am officially dead, although I'm alive. I have no income and because I am listed as dead, I can't do anything.''