If something happens after someone dies, it is described as posthumous — like the posthumous interest in the music of a singer who died "a nobody."

The adjective posthumous comes from Latin — post means "after" and humare, "to bury." (You might also think of humus, which means "dirt" or "earth.") So something that is posthumous happens after a person is dead, like the posthumous discovery that your humble neighbor who lived very modestly was actually a multi-millionaire, or the posthumous publication of a book that the writer finished just before she died.

Definitions of posthumous
  1. adjective
    occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
    “a posthumous award”
    “a posthumous book”
    “a posthumous daughter”
    being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
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