Deceased Henry Martinez ( Left )
It appears that embalming bodies and putting them in unusual settings has become a trend in Puerto Rico in recent years. The dead body of a Puerto Rican man has been embalmed and placed seated on a poker table alongside friends and family. Henry Rosario Martinez died last week so his family and friends came up with a fitting, if bizarre, tribute
He died aged 31 on January 19th in his hometown of Barceloneta in northern Puerto Rico. The cause of death was alcohol consumption mixed with the taking of prescription drugs. The family did not comment on the death, but local media hinted that it could have been a suicide.
Martinez used to sing Reggaeton music and loved rooster fights, but he was also a fan of gambling. This is why his father contacted Jose Mendelez, the owner of a funeral service company, to ask him to prepare the body of his son in order to put it at a poker table instead of inside a coffin before his burial.
Jose Melendez, owner of the Eterna Luz Funeral Services, said: "It’s the first time we ever did this here, but we take it as something normal because these kind of things have been done in other parts of our country."