This is The Wise Man’s Paradox:
How can a man of wisdom survive amongst narrow-minded and dangerous men? The narrow-minded and the dangerous, you see, tend to kill off the wise: Socrates, Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., plus countless, lesser-known others. How to solve it? The philosopher Plato solved it by writing dialogues and placing what he wished to say in the mouth of Socrates. If someone disagreed with what he wrote, Plato could remind the critic that it was Socrates, not Plato, who said it, and Socrates was dead.
Another way to solve it would be to give your enemies what they wanted: the belief that you had died...and yet keep living.