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?
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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.
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.
Those close to Martínez remember him as an avid poker player and wished to send him off as he lived.
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.
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But, before you judge, this practice is pretty common on the island.
“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.
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Just do a quick Google search of Puerto Rican funerals and you will see that this is somewhat common practice in Puerto Rico.