Leslie Nielsen ‘Rips’ Final Joke On Gravestone

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4)-Funny man Leslie Nielsen couldn’t resist one last joke.

His tombstone in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Evergreen Cemetery reads “Let ‘er rip.”

The actor, well known for his roles in “Airplane” and “The Naked Gun,” had a low-key retirement in Fort Lauderdale before his death on November 28, 2010 at the age of 84. Neilsen loved gags about gas and whoopee cushions and promised in a 1996 interview that the line would be his epitaph.

Flatulence jokes from movie stars is something new for Evergreen.

The cemetery is better known as the final resting place of Fort Lauderdale founders, including Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Before Nielsen, its famous residents largely consisted of corrupt Sheriff Walter Clark and Hall of Fame professional wrestler Shinya Hashimoto, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Nielsen’s grave is located in the cemetery’s northern corner. A bench in his honor is under a nearby shade tree with a comment from him: “Sit down whenever you can.”


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