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Puerto Rican taxi driver takes the wheel at his own funeral

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(Handout via El Nuevo Dia)

(Handout via El Nuevo Dia)

AGUAS BUENAS, Puerto Rico (PIX11) – A veteran cabbie who was dying of cancer decided he wanted to be remembered in death as he was in life — dressed in a distinguished suit and seated behind the wheel of his trusty taxi.

After 15 years as a cab driver, Víctor Pérez Cardona, known as “Vitín el taxista,” succumbed to the illness at the age of 73, according to El Nuevo Dia.

“He wanted to go out with a blast,” his daughter Generosa Pérez told the paper.  She worked with the San Cristóbal funeral home to have her father memorialized sitting in the front seat of his Toyota Corolla.

Among the many who came to pay their respects, and even sit next to Cardona inside his silver taxi for the last time, were other morticians, Pérez said.

It’s not the first funeral of it’s kind in Puerto Rico, since 2008 such funerals have been growing in popularity.  Since then, the dead have arrived at their own funerals sitting atop a motorcycle, dressed as the Green Lantern superhero and dressed head-to-toe in boxing gear.

In July of 2014, a New Orleans woman decided to set a place at the table for her dead mother — at the woman’s own funeral.