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DEATH BED, Scotch law. The incapacity to exercise the power of disposing of one's property after being attacked with a mortal disease.
     2. It commences with the beginning of such disease.
     3. There are two exceptions to this general rule, namely: 1. If he survive for sixty days after the act or, 2. If he go to kirk or market unattended. He is then said to be in legitima potestate, or in liege poustie. 1 Bell's Com. 84, 85.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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His daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, said that her father is very strong and courageous, even on his death bed, News24 reports.
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Remember Yul Brynner's message from his death bed, if you want ignore it, do it at your own risk!
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# IF you want to pull a sickie successfully, don't go on the telly when you're supposed to be on your death bed.