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Emails from dead man's account spook loved ones

13 March 2012 Last updated at 15:32 GMT

After a young man in the US state of Pennsylvania died last summer, three of his friends began receiving emails from his account.

The messages referenced private conversations and personal details, but after an initial search, the friends have decided that it's not important to identify the sender.

While his loved ones understand that these emails aren't really messages from the beyond, the brief notes still provide an unexpected connection with their late friend, and have helped with the grieving process.

Some of the recipients explain to the BBC's Matt Danzico why they may be receiving the emails and what the messages have meant to them.