A grieving family supported the body of a dead man behind his drums in a strange tribute to the late musician.
Sharing their work online, recently deceased Guyanese drummer Brentnol McPherson has been put in a bizarre position to “celebrate his lifelong love of music.”
He had received cancer treatment before his death, but was given one last performance as family members gave him the unusual farewell.
In consultation with Covenant Funeral Homes in Toronto, Canada, McPherson’s body was dressed in a yellow tracksuit and placed behind a special commemorative drum kit with the words “Bonny Brent 1952-2021” on the bass drum.
The unorthodox wake was posted on YouTube under the headline “Bonny Brent’s Last Performance.”
Music is heard there as the body is propped up at one end of the room.
This sparked a number of comments on the video platform with a mixed reaction from viewers.
One wrote: “this is morbid” while a second user simply put on a shocked emoji.
However, another person rated the tribute as positive, suggesting he was “happy”.
In a similar incident in 2012, a deceased New Orleans bassist was supported at his own funeral according to his own wishes.
As reported by The Mail, he was seated upright at the front of the room, carrying his whistle, cane and branded watch wrapped around his palm.
During the vigil, the mourners both danced around the corpse and mistook the music legend for a mannequin.
Louis Charbonnet, who arranged the funeral, said he had never done anything like standing viewing.
He said at the time, “You have to think outside the box. And so he’s off the beaten track. We didn’t want him to be confined in his coffin.”