For Breaking Bad fans it is the ultimate souvenir – an obituary of the show’s fictional hero Walter White printed in his home newspaper, the Albuquerque Journal.
Fans of the show have taken an advert out in the paper featuring a small picture of Bryan Cranston’s character and a summary of his grisly end.
The obituary which appeared in Friday’s newspaper says the 52-year-old “founded a meth manufacturing empire” and he died “after a long battle with lung cancer and a gunshot wound.”
It adds: “In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a drug abuse prevention charity of your choice. He will be greatly missed.”
The obituary was paid for by the group “Unofficial ‘Breaking Bad’ Fan Tour,” led by Albuquerque high school science teacher David Layman.
According to the paper, Layman – who shares the same job as the fictional hero of the show – appeared in the pilot of Breaking Bad and has remained a passionate fan ever since.
The editor Kent Walz told the Washington Post that the ad has boosted sales in the Albuquerque Journal.
“We won’t have single copy sales numbers until next week, but the circulation department says some locations have called saying they were out of copies and asking for more,” he said. “I understand people are selling them on eBay for $7 or $8.”
Walz said that one reader omplained that the advert had spoiled his enjoyment of the show as he hadn’t caught up with the finale and that there was some internal debate about whether to publish it.
However he added: “We decided to publish it, along with the story explaining how it came about and who submitted it,” he said. “We also felt it should be not be published as part of the regular obituaries, both because it was of a TV character and out of respect for families that had lost loved ones.”