"He was probably reaching out to his family one last time," Charles Deadman's daughter tells PEOPLE

By Rose Minutaglio
July 15, 2016 03:00 PM

The family of Charles Deadman, the 74-year-old man involved in a fatal motorcycle accident, believes a photo showing a white figure at the scene of the crash was “likely him coming back for a moment, to say goodbye to his family.”

The picture, which has received over 13,000 shares since it was posted to Facebook on Tuesday, shows a shadowy figure hovering over Highway 15 in Staton, Kentucky – floating above the ambulances that took Deadman to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“I believe in both ghosts and angels,” Tammy Silberberg, Deadman’s daughter, tells PEOPLE. “It’s very possible it’s one of those.”

She adds, “He was very much a family-oriented man. He was probably reaching out to his family one last time.”

Clark County coroner Robert Gayheart tells PEOPLE Deadman died from multiple blunt force trauma.

Silberberg says her father, who was a widower, was also a motorcycle enthusiast – and a Harley Owners Group member – who would bike from his hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida, to different cities around the country.

“He loved that bike,” she says. “He was retired and loved adventures and loved his family. He was selfless.”

Charles Deadman
Courtesy of Tammy Silberberg

Silberberg also says that Deadman, who gave himself the nickname “The Dead Man,” actually planned his own funeral arrangements so that his family didn’t have to.

“That’s the kind of person he was. He had everything set up before his death including the funeral and cemetery,” she says. “He is still taking care of us from beyond.”

Deadman is survived by two children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

“If he saw the photo, I’m not sure what he would see,” says Deadman’s daughter. “He believed in that sort of [otherworldly] stuff.’

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