A friend of mine recently told me a story about a former student who had become a police officer.

One day, he was attending a young man who had fainted. Since the young man was unconscious, the officer called an ambulance which whisked him away to the hospital. The police officer was asked to notify the family. So off he went to the address he was given.A middle-aged woman answered and identified herself as the mother.

The officer said: “I’ve been asked to come to notify you that your son has passed away.”

The mother fainted on the spot.


What was the mistake?

Passed away – means to die

Passed out – means to faint or lose consciousness