WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (CBS Miami) – When a Florida family had to come up with a cause of death for a newspaper obituary, they came up with something more fitting for a Gotham City villain, reports WFTS-TV.
Stephen Merrill died on Feb. 12 at the age of 31 after a long fight with cancer.READ MORE: Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Miami Dolphins To Serve 500 Hot Meals To Miami-Dade Schools Families
But doctors had not yet given his family and friends an official cause of death when they went to a funeral home in Winter Garden.
“Everyone was starting to get a little tense. We didn’t have a cause of death, but we were told we had to have one (for the newspaper),” Brandon Moxam, a close friend of Merrill, told WFTS.
So family and friends threw around ideas until they found one they thought he would have liked.READ MORE: Royal Family Pays Final Respects To Prince Philip, Funeral Held At St. George's Chapel
“I made a joke,” said Moxam, “Say the cause of death was an ‘uppercut from Batman.’”
Everyone agreed that Merrill would have wanted to be remembered that way because of his love for comic books and superheroes.
After a convincing the editors they were serious about the joke, The Ledger printed the obituary on Sunday.
“He would have been honored to have died by an uppercut from Batman,” said Merrill’s fiancee, Stephanie Vella.MORE NEWS: 60 Years After The Bay Of Pigs Invasion, Many Cuban Americans' Distrust Of The Democratic Party Still Affects National Politics
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