As family and friends laid to rest a beloved father and veteran, he was able to get one last laugh as his voice called out from beyond the grave.
After battling a long illness, Shay Bradley, an Irish Defense Force veteran, passed away on Oct. 8, in the arms of his wife, Anne. Last Saturday, mourners gathered in Kilmanagh, Ireland, to pay their final respects. Tears turned to shock, and then laughter, however, when they heard Bradley shout "Hello, hello — let me out!" after his casket was lowered into the ground.
“Where the [f***] am I? Let me out, let me out," Bradley says in his pre-recorded message as the funeral-goers giggle, according to footage from the service. "It’s [f***ing] dark in here. Is that the priest I can hear? This is Shay, I’m in the box. No, in [f***ing] front of you. I’m dead.”
Note: The video below contains expletives.
Funeral in dublin yesterday he's alive pic.twitter.com/j18uFJ5aA4— Lfcgigiddy1122 (@lfcgigiddy1122) October 13, 2019
The video ends with Bradley’s rendition of Neil Diamond's "Hello Again."
“Hello again, hello. Hello, I just called to say goodbye," Bradley sings.
Bradley's daughter, Andrea, who calls her "Poppabear" a "prankster," tweeted that “it was his [dying] wish that we played this at his funeral.”
Here is a picture of the legend himself. My dad, Shay Bradley. It was his dieing wish that we played this at his funeral. What a man.... To make us all laugh when we were incredibly sad..... He was some man for one man.... Love you forever Poppabear #Shayslastlaugh pic.twitter.com/YkG2ecKAaL— Andrea (@Andrea36496119) October 13, 2019
In addition to his wife Anne and daughter Andrea, Bradley is survived by his other children, Jonathan, Susanne and James.
"Myself and my family are overwhelmed with the amazing response and comments we have received regarding my dad's funeral, he truly is a legend and was the most amazing man," Andrea wrote in a Facebook comment on the video. "He would be overjoyed to know how many smiles and laughs he has given to everyone."
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