SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A funeral home used a special embalming treatment to keep the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina standing upright for his three-day wake. His brother Carlos told the El Nuevo Dia newspaper the victim had long said he wanted to be upright for his own wake: “He wanted to be happy, standing.”

The owner of the Marin Funeral Home, Damaris Marin, told The Associated Press the mother asked him to fulfill her dead son’s last wish.

Pantoja was found dead Friday underneath a bridge in San Juan and buried Monday. Police are investigating. —

Too bad. This could have been Ralph Nader’s perfect VP candidate.

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2 Responses to Stiffy

  1. Ms Calabaza says:

    One thing I don’t get from this story is how did this young man die? Why would a young man be so specific about how he would like to be situated in his wake. Most young people don’t even think they’ll ever die … something strange here. Did he have a terminal disease, I wonder?

    Me, I’m old-fashioned. I want to be buried with my face down so everyone can kiss my ….

  2. Frank of Oregon says:

    Found dead under a bridge. Sounds like a winner, a candidate for the “Short Happy Life” award. My guess is he never said a damn thing about being upright for his wake (and I wonder how upright he EVER was). Sounds like the brain-addled idea of one of his family.

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