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Fake Funeral Planned For Breaking Bad's Walter White

6:02 PM, Oct 19, 2013   |    comments
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Albuquerque, NM -- It's not every day you see a sheriff helping honor the legacy of a fictional meth kingpin.

But Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston says Saturday's fake funeral for Walter White, the main character from "Breaking Bad," makes sense to support.

That funeral, organized by Jackamoe Buzzell, will have plenty of real elements. It'll take place in a real cemetery, with a real burial site, with a real five-mile funeral procession escorted by a dozen real BCSO deputies.

It's also raising real money to help battle real-world problems.

Tickets to the event are going for $20 while tickets to a post-funeral reception at Vernon's Hidden Valley Steakhouse are going for $100. Proceeds from Saturday's event will go to Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

"They help meth addicts, heroin addicts, people that are homeless, providing them with care," said Buzzell at a press conference.

"It was clear to all of us that this was an opportunity to make a true and lasting impact," said Anita Cordova with Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

Buzzell's hoping to raise $100,000 for the charity and two days before the event he's off to a good start, saying he's brought in more than $11,000 so far.

Out of the dozen deputies helping with traffic control, the fundraiser's paying for 10 of them while the county's donating the time of two of them.

Sheriff Houston admitted at Thursday's press conference he'd never seen "Breaking Bad" and had to Google Walter White.

"Walter White is a fictional character, I live in the real world," Houston said. "We are hoping a lot of money will be raised to help the real people in the real world that deal with the issues of drug addiction."

Vaughn Hendren, general manager of Sunset Memorial Park, says the fake funeral service will be held after all of the real funerals at an end of the park that tends to be more spread out.

Although a tombstone made up for White is supposed to remain in place, Hendren says the cemetery has reserved the right to remove it if fans are disrespectful.

Saturday's funeral is also set to be streamed live on YouTube.

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