Tuesday August 19th, 2008: “Dead Man Standing?”
If you were granted one last wish on your death bed, what would you ask for? Would you have any special requests for the day of your wake? Or would you feel too young to begin planning the way to “go” when it was time to “go”? Well the person or former person in our first story made sure he had everything planned out; with every detail. This is the story of a 24 yr old man from San Juan, Puerto Rico; The man once known as Angel Pantoja Medina, but who is currently known to the media as “Dead Man Standing”. If you haven’t heard this unique and “creepy” story, stay tuned for this one. It is reported that Angel Pantoja Medina, made a special request to his loved ones. The request, that in the event of his death, and for his wake, he preferred to be placed in the upright position or “standing”, for everyone to see. Yup, once again, not a typo folks. The young man dreamed of being watched, at his wake, by family and friends, in the upright position…or in the “Chillin” position, with hands in his pockets and all. Unfortunately for Angel, his dream, or wish, however you may want to call it, was fulfilled a bit too soon. Angel was discovered dead last Friday, buried underneath a bridge. Puerto Rico police are still investigating this case. At the time of his untimely death, his mother went along with her son’s request and found a funeral home, that promised to carry out this feat, and that they surely did. If you take a moment to view the pictures to the left, although I know you’ve done that already, you’ll witness the images of Angel, or the corpse of, dressed up in his favorite Yankees baseball cap, his favorite pair of Dolce-Gabbana sunglasses, a designer shirt and some baggy jeans. Thanks to a special embalming treatment, the body was kept upright in one of the corners of his mother’s home, for 3 days of viewing (omg, that’s so creepy. who slept in that house?). According to El Nuevo Dia newspaper, the “Dead Man Standing’s” brother, Carlos (seen here kissing Angel), disclosed that Angel had always said that he wanted to be upright for his own wake. Carlos said “We use to talk about this stuff. He said he wanted to be happy, standing, ready to party when it was his time.” OK? But things don't end there, according to Primer Impacto, in addition to his wake request, Angel also requested that he not be watched during his burial, so that everyone's final memory of him, would be of him standing, "happy". It is reported that no one, not even his immediate family, watched as he was lowered 6 feet under, keeping their promise. Woe?
Police: Yes, you lonely man…
Police: (with confusion)Uh.. Riiigh?
Police: What-ah You-ah say?