Walter White's Headstone Removed From New Mexico Cemetery
October 23rd, 2013 10:15am EDT
A gravestone of Bryan Cranston's fictional character Walter White, from the hit AMC series Breaking Bad, has been removed from a New Mexico cemetery - following complaints from residents and grieving families.
More than 200 devoted fans of the show held a faux memorial for Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-drug manufacturer played by Cranston, in Albuquerque, where the show is set, over the weekend.
The resting place of the gravestone sparked outrage from relatives of loved ones buried at the Sunset Memorial Park over fears the site would become a tourist attraction, and a petition against the headstone pulled in more than 1,000 signatures.
The marker will now be erected outside local restaurant Vernon's Steakhouse, whose owners helped organize the fake funeral.
The eateries' boss Michael Baird says, "It was never our intention to disrespect those who are buried at Sunset Memorial Park or cause pain to their families. We created the Walter White Funeral and Final Amends as a way to have a positive impact on the community and help those who are negatively impacted by the terrible effects of drug addiction and homelessness.
"We greatly apologize to anyone who was offended, and want to ensure that the focus remains on the amazing work that Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless does in our community."
The memorial raised $17,000 for Healthcare for the Homeless, which helps people afflicted by drug addiction.
Photo Credits: AMC