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Luke Perry Got His Final Wish: Interment With Mushrooms

Specifically, he was laid to rest in a biodegradable 'mushroom burial suit,' per his daughter
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2019 8:13 AM CDT
In this Jan. 26, 2011, file photo, actor Luke Perry poses for a portrait in New York.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)

(Newser) – There's been some confusion on whether Luke Perry was buried or cremated, and his daughter has apparently cleared that up, with an interesting detail thrown in. Per the Tennessean, Perry was interred in Tennessee (he'd owned a farm in Vanleer), and in an Instagram post over the weekend, 18-year-old Sophie Perry revealed what he was wearing when he was buried: a "mushroom burial suit." The official name for the getup is the "Infinity Burial Suit," which Coeio, the company that makes it, describes as a biodegradable handmade outfit with a "[built-in] bio­mix, made up of ... mushrooms and other microorganisms that together do three things: aid in decomposition, work to neutralize toxins found in the body, and transfer nutrients to plant life."

What happens when someone is buried in one of these suits, per Coeio: "Bodies are transformed into vital nutrients that enrich the earth and foster new life." The Tennessean notes that ecofriendly burials are becoming more popular, and the environment was something said to be at the top of the late Perry's mind. "My dad discovered [the suit], and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him," Sophie Perry wrote, alongside a picture of mushrooms she'd taken during a visit to a California redwoods forest in December. "He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you." (Read more Luke Perry stories.)

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