In Puerto Rico Gambler's dead body embalmed so he could play final game of cards with family and friends

The dead body of a Puerto Rican man has been embalmed and placed seated on a poker table alongside friends and family.

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The dead body of a Puerto Rican man has been embalmed and placed seated on a poker table alongside friends and family. Daily Mail UK reports.

Gambler Henry Rosario Martinez, 31 died on January 19 in his home town of Barceloneta in the northern side of Puerto Rico.

Gambler's dead body embalmed so he could play final game of cards with family and friends play

Gambler's dead body embalmed so he could play final game of cards with family and friends

 

The cause of death was alcohol consumption mixed with the taking of prescription drugs.

The family did not comment on the death, but local media reports it could have been a suicide.

In a bid to make his death a good ending, his father contacted a funeral service company, to ask him to prepare the body of his son in order to put it on a poker table instead of a coffin before his burial.

Gambler's dead body embalmed so he could play final game of cards with family and friends play

Gambler's dead body embalmed so he could play final game of cards with family and friends

 

Jose Melendez, owner of Eterna Luz funerary service, said: 'It's the first time we ever did this here, but we take it as something normal because this kind of things have been done in other parts of our country.'

And so, to say one final goodbye to Martinez, his friends and family sat around the poker table with him.

It appears that embalming bodies and putting them in unusual settings has become a trend in Puerto Rico in recent years.

Gambler's dead body embalmed so he could play final game of cards with family and friends play

Gambler's dead body embalmed so he could play final game of cards with family and friends

 

A former driver was embalmed and place on his seat in his taxi after his death. Also, a wrestler was embalmed and posted in a fighting ring.

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