Kilmanagh, Leinster, Ireland - Defense Forces veteran Shay Bradley had always been a prankster, according to his daughter, so it wasn’t a surprise to his loved ones that he pulled one last trick as they all said goodbye.
Bradley knew he was dying from a “long illness bravely borne”
and decided before he went that he wanted to make his friends and family laugh at his funeral instead of cry.
As his coffin is lowered into the ground, the crowd heard knocking, then Shay’s voice, “Hello, hello — let me out!”
The pre-recorded message continued, “Where the f - - k am I? Let me out, let me out. It’s f - - king dark in here. Is that the priest I can hear? This is Shay, I’m in the box. No, in f - - king front of you. I’m dead.”
The video of the joke, and the crowd laughing through their tears, has since spread across the internet with over 500,000 views and 16,000 likes.
His daughter Andrea posted the footage to Facebook, writing, “My dad’s dieing [sic] wish, always the pranksters. Ya got them good Poppabear and gave us all a laugh just when we needed it!! I will love you forever #shayslastlaugh.”
She added on Twitter, “What a man . . . To make us all laugh when we were incredibly sad . . . He was some man for one man . . . Love you forever Poppabear #Shayslastlaugh.”
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