That’s what could be heard crying out from the grave of Defence Force veteran Shay Bradley by mourners at his funeral in Kilmanagh, in Kilkenny in Ireland, last weekend.
Soon after the grave had been lowered into the ground, Shay’s voice could be heard shouting: “Let me out, it’s f***ing dark in here. Where the f*** am I? Is that that priest I can hear?”
Instead of sh*tting themselves like my nan definitely would’ve done, the crowd erupted into fits of laughter.
No, it wasn’t some horrifically ill-timed Halloween joke, it was actually part of Bradley’s dying wish. He wanted to make his friends and family laugh right up until the end.
Shay’s daughter Andrea recorded her dad’s voice crying out for help from his coffin not too long before he died (such a strange sentence to type, btw). The recordings were then played from a speaker next to Shay’s grave.
SO creepy and cute.
His daughter Andrea Bradley told HuffPost that her father recorded the audio about a year ago and that playing the audio at the funeral was his dad’s dying wish.
“He wanted to make sure my mam would be laughing leaving the cemetery, not crying,” Andrea Bradley said of her dad, noting that her parents were childhood sweethearts and were married for 43 years. “And he done just that.”
Andrea explains on Twitter: “Here’s is a picture of the legend himself. My dad, Shay Bradley. It was his dieing wish that we played this at his funeral. What a man… To make us all laugh when we incredibly sad… He was some man for one man… Love you forever Poppabear #Shayslastlaugh”.
Bradley’s granddaughter, Chloe Kiernan said: “All he ever wanted was to make people laugh and smile and that’s exactly what he got.”
Naturally, the prank has caught the attention of social media users, with smartphone footage from the funeral racking up almost a million views on Facebook.
In response to the positive feedback online, Andrea posted: “Myself and my Family are overwhelmed with the Amazing response and comments we have received regarding my dad’s funeral, he truly is a legend and was the most amazing man!!! He would be overjoyed to know how many smiles and laughs he has given to every one. Thank you all 😘😘😘”.
FYI, friends and fam, I want a reel of my RuPaul and Cher impressions to be playing from my grave when I go. #NoTears.
Images via Twitter
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