Man’s heartbreak after spotting dad who died seven years ago on Google Earth

A grieving man has reached out to Google Earth on Twitter with a heartfelt plea not to update their image of his parents' street – and the reason is heartbreaking.

The user, @TeacherUFO, posted two screenshots to his account of a road in Japan.

It was the street where his parents lived before his dad died seven years ago.

And, the man was shocked to see that the Google camera had captured his late-father standing at the side of the road, with his mother walking up towards him.

The Twitter user wrote: “I have nothing to do during corona, so when I went to see my parents' house on Google Earth, I saw my father who died seven years ago.

“There was a person ahead of me, so when I went to see it, it was my mother."

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He added: “He was a quiet but kind father.

“Please do not update the photo of this place as it is.”

Are you crying? I am…

The post quickly gained attention with over 109,000 retweets and nearly 700,000 likes.

And, heartbreakingly, it seems he’s not the only person to have spotted a lost relative on Google Earth.

A woman, under the name @yosio61, posted a snap of an elderly lady walking down a path.

She wrote: “When I checked myself before, I saw my grandmother who died nine years ago…

“I was crying when I showed it to my mother.”

While @TacHi19505968 added: “When I looked at the countryside where my mother's parents' house was, I found a picture of my grandfather, who died four years ago.

“I forgot about the photo, thank you very much.”

Others had spotted their grandmas gardening and grandads shopping.

Some saw their mums and dads about everyday tasks.

And, even pets who had passed away were spotted in the little windows to the past.

Twitter user @shimumeko said: “I'm glad to see my dog that died of senility two years ago at home

“I hope this photo doesn't change.”

In the snap, the posters dog peeks his head out from behind her home.

In a stoke of luck, the tech-savvy Twitter users came out in force to tell people that they didn’t need to worry about Google Earth changing the images of their family members.

One person said: “Even if it is updated, you can see the past images.

“On a PC, you can select past images by clicking the clock mark next to the word Street View in the upper left.”

So, it seems if you have a loved one on the world map then you can take a walk down the road and see them anytime.

Excuse me, just going to sob into my pillow…

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