This is one of those things you hear about, as in "someone told me that someone told me that someone really said it." In this case, it happened to a real honest to goodness person (if you consider lawyers to be people, that is) whose name I know (quite well) but cannot share for privacy concerns. But really! It really happened!
The setting: Lawyer being deposed about something that happened a decade ago.
Q. Mr. Smith, at one time was Mr. Wesson a partner of yours?
Q. Is he still a partner of yours?
Q. Could you tell me why not?
A. One reason is that he's deceased.
Wouldn't you have loved to be a little devil on the shoulder of the questioner and urged him to ask, "Are there any other reasons?"