Updated 06:34 AM EST, Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Dead Puerto Rican Man Embalmed to Play One Last Poker Game with Loved Ones

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Being dead didn't stop a Puerto Rican man from playing his favorite game.

Henry Rosario Martinez, 31, enjoyed poker for the last time when he was embalmed and dressed to join his family and friends at the table, according to a report from NY Daily News. The family of the deceased organized the poker game for his wake following his unexpected death on Jan. 19.

"I want him to be remembered as a happy person because he was always like that," mother Sonia Martinez said, as quoted in a report by UPI.com.

The dead Martinez, who was wearing a New York Yankees cap, was seated at the poker table while his loved ones posed around him for pictures, NY Daily News added.

Staff members at Eternal Light Funeral Home in Barceloneta were willing to assist the family's request and even said that it was not an odd thing.

"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," funeral home owner Jose Mendelez told, as reported by UPI.com

Aside from poker, Martinez reportedly enjoyed playing slots as well. His friends, however, opted for poker for their final goodbye, NY Daily News noted.

Puerto Rico has seen an increasing number of wakes featuring the remains of dead people arranged in lifelike poses, UPI.com further reported. Other recent examples include a paramedic posing in the back of an ambulance and a man posing at a table playing dominoes.

Another instance involved 50-year-old Renato Garcia, who was dressed as fictional DC Comics superhero Green Lantern during his wake in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Feb. 15, 2015, according to a separate report from NY Daily News. The sister of the deceased said that she and her brother didn't discuss funeral wishes. However, weeks before he died, Garcia found the Green Lantern costume in a bag of donated clothing and started donning the attire daily.

Garcia, who died of undetermined causes, was propped against a wall in his sister's apartment during his wake, the news outlet noted.

Angel Pantoja Medina also had a weird funeral in San Juan. His last wish was to stand at his own wake, so he was propped upright against a wall next to his coffin, NY Daily News wrote. Another one was boxer Christopher Rivera, who displayed his passion for the sport in both life and death. He was propped up in a fake boxing ring in a community recreation center in San Juan, his hometown.

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