Corpse Proves Yankee Fan a Stand-Up Guy

Puerto Rico man receives last wish: to be mourned upright
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2008 3:13 PM CDT
The body of deceased Angel Pantoja Medina, left, stands leaning against a wall during his wake as unidentified people attend his wake in his mother's home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.   (Juan Alicea Mercado)
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(Newser) – A Puerto Rican man has been granted his wish to remain standing—even in death. A funeral home used a special embalming treatment to keep the corpse of 24-year-old Angel Pantoja Medina standing for his 3-day wake, the AP reports. Dressed in a Yankees cap and sunglasses, Pantoja was mourned by relatives while propped upright in his mother's living room.

"He wanted to be happy, standing," said Pantoja's brother Carlos.