A fictional obituary for Bryan Cranston's Breaking Bad character Walter White appeared in a New Mexico newspaper on Friday (04Oct13).
The cult drug drama ended its run on Sunday night (29Sep13), with White succumbing to a gunshot wound towards the end of the finale episode, and fan of the show, David Layman, who appeared as an extra in the series, decided to pay tribute to the anti-hero in The Albuquerque Journal.
He paid to have his obit, which read "White, Walter, aka 'Heisenberg', 52, of Albuquerque, died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer and a gunshot wound. A co-founder of Gray Matter, White was a research chemist who taught high school chemistry and later founded a meth manufacturing empire", placed in the publication.
His death notice continued: "He is survived by his wife, Skyler Lambert; son Walter 'Flynn' Jr.; and daughter Holly. A private memorial was held by his family. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a drug abuse charity of your choice. He will be greatly missed."
Layman explains he wrote the obit to help fans put the character to rest.
He says, "I've been a humongous Breaking Bad fan since the beginning. I was actually in the pilot, and putting the obit in the paper was fitting, because the series was based in Albuquerque and it provides some of us some closure."