A dead man was banned from his own funeral after his body sat upright in a chair instead of a coffin.
Shocked staff refused Che Lewis, 29, access to his own broadcast due to the “bizarre” nature of his arrival.
The funeral of Che, who was shot and murdered along with his 54-year-old father Adlay Lewis, took place on November 25.
He was driven to church on the seat in the sheet of a hearse after his body was embalmed in a sitting position – giving him his last open-air ride before being buried.
The unusual funeral procession passed through Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port of Spain, on its way to the ceremony at St. John the Evangelist Church in Diego Martin city.
Decked out in a pink jacket with a white pocket square and cream trousers, Lewis kept people dead on their way as the surreal procession made its way to the church.
And when he arrived, the employees were reportedly so stunned that they denied him access to his own funeral – leaving him sitting outside and greeting the mourners.
According to The New York Post, some criticized him for not wearing a mask, unaware that he wasn’t breathing.
The funeral was eventually streamed online, but some viewers were unaware that Lewis was sitting in a chair, according to reports.
“Because of the unique burial, the church was amazed and Che refused entry,” the funeral home wrote on Facebook.
Many people jumped into the video’s comments to give different opinions about the service.
“This is super scary … my condolences to the family,” one person wrote.
The owner of Dennie’s Funeral Home – whose motto is “Every life is unique, and therefore every funeral must be unique” – described how Lewis ended up in the chair.
The owner, Dennie, told Loop News, “The family had asked for it, but it was something we had on our bucket list to do when the request came, it wasn’t strange to us as we know about such funerals abroad.
“We had him with us for three days to check on how he was doing in the chair before we made it public.”
The eccentric trend is known as extreme embalming – where bodies are preserved by injecting them with a chemical liquid that makes them completely rigid.
Police officer Brent Batson told the Trinidad Express, “We are disappointed with the reckless behavior of Dennie’s Funeral Home.
“Dangerously transporting people is an offense with a fine of £ 750 and police will continue to investigate the conduct of the funeral home on the road.”
Lewis was eventually put in a coffin to be buried with his father.
His brother Abisaja John, 45, was also shot in the family home on July 24.