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This Dead Puerto Rican Man Played a Final Hand of Poker with Family & Friends

What would you do for your best bud after the died? A nice funeral? A touching memorial? How about a farewell poker game with all the family and friends you can fit at the table? That’s exactly what the family of Henry Rosario Martínez did after he died earlier this month. But the poker game featured a very special guest…

Notice anything odd about this picture of friends playing poker?

Look at the dude in the middle.

The guy in the middle is dead. He was embalmed, dressed in Yankees gear, and set up at the poker table for a final hand.

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Henry Rosario Martínez of Barcelona, Puerto Rico died earlier this month from an alcohol and prescription pill overdose and his family and friends gave him one last poker game.

READ: From Funerals to Hospital Visits, 11 Times Latinos Overshared Via Selfies

The idea of giving Martínez a final poker game came from his father who asked undertakers to embalm his son and set him up at the table.

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Those close to Martínez remember him as an avid poker player and wished to send him off as he lived.

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Family and friends of Martínez showed up throughout the day to sit down and say goodbye over cards.

“I want him to be remembered as a happy person because he was always like that,” his mother, Sonia Martínez told Primera Hora.

But, before you judge, this practice is pretty common on the island.

READ: Ridiculous Things that Only Happen at Latino Funerals

“It’s the first time we did this here, but we take it as something normal, because they have done these things in other parts of the island,” José Meléndez, the owner of Funeraria Eterna Luz de Barceloneta, told La Opinión.

Just do a  quick Google search of Puerto Rican funerals and you will see that this is somewhat common practice in Puerto Rico.

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Meme Queen Itati Cantoral is Almost as Dramatic as Soraya Montenegro

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Meme Queen Itati Cantoral is Almost as Dramatic as Soraya Montenegro

We all owe Mexican actress Itatí Cantoral so much.

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Without her, Soraya Montenegro wouldn’t exist. And without Soraya Montenegro, this iconic scene from María la del Barrio wouldn’t exist.

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And neither would some of your favorite memes:

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Unfortunately for Ms. Cantoral, she’s become a lightning rod for gossip and criticism. Earlier this month, Mexicans buzzed about Cantoral possibly being drunk on the TV talk show Hoy.

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It’s not the first time Cantoral has allegedly been drunk on TV.

Cantoral made a Paula Abdul-esque appearance on the show, where, at times, it wasn’t totally clear if she had one too many or just hated the guts of everyone on the show.

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It was probably both. Cantoral went off the cuff for most of the interview, which included hard-hitting questions such as, “How much like Soraya Montenegro are you in bed?”

You can watch the cringe-inducing interview here:

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Days later, Cantoral began trending for a different reason. According to TV Notas, Cantoral took a group of orphans – some of them blind – to experience the play Annie. 

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The play is called Anita la Huerfanita in Mexico.

And apparently, lots of people thought it was dumb to take orphans to see a play about an orphan. So the memes began:

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Followed by joke after joke:

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Cantoral said the trip to the theater was set up by her newly-created foundation that seeks to help orphaned children. TV news anchor Joaquín López-Dóriga said people should help the orphans instead of making jokes about the situation.

Basically, Cantoral and López-Dóriga had this message for everyone:

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READ: Mexico Has No Problem Admitting They Stole These Telenovelas

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