Death is not an especially fun topic, but it’s something we all need to face. After all, it’s a certainty. So, instead of focusing on how you may die… maybe you should think about your coffin accessories. (That’s a real thing.) Egyptians would famously decorate their sarcophagi with valuable items, like pots full of organs and mummified cats. They would even include jewels. This practice isn’t exclusive to crumbled civilizations, though.
Here are some modern-day pharaohs who wished to pass into the realm of death with their most precious treasures.
Bela Lugosi is the actor famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film. When he died in 1956, he was buried wearing one of his famous Dracula cloaks. The decision was actually Lugosi’s son’s and not Lugosi himself.
Humphrey Bogart died of throat cancer in 1957. He was buried with a golden whistle he had given to his wife Lauren Bacall when they co-starred in the film, “To Have and Have Not.” The whistle is inscribed with the words from the film, “If you want anything, just whistle.”
Arch West, the man who is said to have invented Doritos, died in 2011 at 97 years of age. It was said that Doritos were sprinkled all around his gravesite when he was buried.
Princess Diana was buried with a set of rosary beads that was given to her from Mother Teresa, who just so happened to pass away the same week.
Frank Sinatra died in 1998. His family buried him along with: a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo, a bottle of Jack Daniels and cherry flavored Life Savers.
Sandra West was a “socialite” in Beverly Hill married to oil tycoon Ike West Jr. When she died, she requested that her brother-in-law bury her in her 1964 Ferrari 330 America or he wouldn’t receive the $2,000,000 she allotted to him in her will.
Reuben John Smith was a man from Buffalo New York who insisted on being buried in a sitting position while in a brand new recliner with a checkerboard on his lap.
Andy Warhol died in 1987 and, as the coffin was being lowered, his friend Paige Powell tossed in a bottle of Estee Lauder perfume.
Harry “The Horse” Flamburis was the former president of the Daly City California Hells Angels club. A month after his original burial, his Angel brothers returned to bury his chopper along with him.
Hmmm. I’d probably want to be buried with the controller I used to beat Crash Bandicoot: Warped with in 1998. What would you want to be buried with?
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