Man Suffers Death by Coffin at Mom's Funeral

Coffin fell as it was being carried up a ladder in Indonesia
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2018 7:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – An Indonesian man died at his own mother's funeral. It wasn't a broken heart but rather death by coffin. Samen Kondorura, 40, had been helping carry his mother's coffin up a bamboo ladder to a funeral tower called a lakkian on Sulawesi island Friday when "suddenly the ladder shifted and collapsed, and the coffin fell," police commissioner Julianto Sirait says, per the Independent.

Video footage appears to show the coffin striking several people, including Kondorura, who reportedly suffered a head injury. He died later at a hospital despite locals rushing to help, reports the AFP. Sirait says the ladder wasn't properly supported but the family has declined to press charges. Kondorura's body now rests next to his mother's.

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