A dead man was banned from his own funeral after his body arrived sitting upright in a chair instead of a coffin.
Shocked staff denied Che Lewis, 29, admittance to his own send-off due to the “bizarre” nature of his arrival.
The funeral of Che, who was shot and killed alongside his 54-year-old father Adlay Lewis, took place on November 25.
He was driven to the church on the chair in the tray of a hearse after his body was embalmed in a sitting position – giving him his last open-air ride before his burial.
The unusual funeral procession passed through Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port of Spain, on its way to the ceremony at St John the Evangelist Church in the town of Diego Martin.
Decked out in a pink jacket with a white pocket square and a cream pair of trousers, Lewis stopped people dead in their tracks as the surreal procession made its way to the church.
And when he arrived staff were reportedly so taken aback that they denied him entry to his own funeral – leaving him sitting outside and greeting mourners.
According to The New York Post, some criticised him for not wearing a mask, unaware that he wasn’t breathing.
The funeral was eventually streamed online, but some viewers did not realise Lewis was sitting on a chair, according to reports.
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“Due to the unique funeral, the church was astonished and refused the entrance of Che,” the funeral home wrote on Facebook.
Many people jumped in the comments of the video to express varying opinions on the service.
“This is super creepy…. my condolences to the family,” one person wrote.
The owner of Dennie’s Funeral Home — whose motto is “Every life is unique therefore every funeral should be unique” — described how Lewis ended up on the chair.
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The owner, Dennie, told Loop News: “The family requested it, but it was something we had on our bucket list to do so when the request came it wasn’t foreign to us because we are aware of funerals like that abroad.
“We had him by us for three days to monitor how he was doing in the chair before we took it public.”
The eccentric trend is known as extreme embalming – where bodies are preserved by injecting them with a chemical fluid which makes them totally rigid.
Police officer Brent Batson told the Trinidad Express: “We are disappointed in the reckless behaviour engaged by Dennie’s Funeral Home.
“Carrying persons in a dangerous manner is an offence with a £750 penalty and the police will continue the investigation into the funeral company’s conduct on the road.”
Lewis was ultimately placed in a casket for burial along with his dad.
His brother Abisaja John, 45, also was shot dead in the family home on July 24.
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