Father Tries To Teach Family & Friends A Lesson By Faking His Death, Showing Up To His Own Funeral In A Helicopter

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Psycho father? Or just a man who cares about his family enough to teach them a lesson? Or both?

You be the judge.

Now I’ll admit, this is one of the wildest stories I’ve heard in awhile, and I’ve seen a ton of bat sh*t insane headlines in my time.

This one comes out of Belgium, where TikToker David Baerten and his wife and kids decided to pull the prank of a lifetime by…

Faking his own death?

And the reason, you may ask? Just to see who all really cared about the 45-year-old.

In order to spread the “fake news,” Baerten’s children posted tribute posts to their “late” father.

According to the Times UK, the daughter wrote:

“Rest in peace, Daddy. I will never stop thinking about you. Why is life so unfair? Why you? You were going to be a grandfather, and you still had your whole life ahead of you. I love you! We love you! We will never forget about you.”

The staged funeral took place near the city of Liege, with dozens of friends and family there to pay their last respects.

However, instead of a funeral, they were met with a helicopter. And who rolled out?

Baerten himself, as he welcomed everybody to “his funeral.”

He was met with a bunch of hugs, as several people were happy to see he was actually alive. And of course, as you could imagine, a ton of people hung back incredibly confused about what was going on.

In fact, some of them were angry. Can you blame them? They were in the process of mourning their friend and family member’s death, just to find out it was one big prank.

Baerten explained his reasoning behind why he did what he did:

“What I see in my family often hurts me, I never get invited to anything. Nobody sees me. We all grew apart. I felt unappreciated.

That’s why I wanted to give them a life lesson and show them that you shouldn’t wait until someone is dead to meet up with them.”

He also claimed that the prank worked saying it “proves who really cares about me.”

Those who didn’t come did contact me to meet up. So in a way, I did win.”

Listen, I’m all for doing what you need to do to overcome demons, but this feels a bit narcissistic to me. Not to mention, it feels a bit like an internet clout grab as well. But, who am I to judge?

See for yourself:

@el.tiktokeur2 Tu nous as eu on t aime mon ami on est content que tu es parmis nous ❤️❤️#pourtoii #fyp #fypシ @Ragnar_le_fou ♬ son original – Thomas faut

@el.tiktokeur2 Tu nous a eu je te le jure j etais en pleure moi et apres j ai eu le choc poto on t aime beaucoup ❤️@Ragnar_le_fou @Leclercq Philippe #fyp #pourtoii #fypシ ♬ son original – Thomas faut

Why do I keep thinking about these lyrics from Koe Wetzel’s song “Something to Talk About?”

“Later on at the funeral, everyone is cryin’I could bust out of the casket that my momma picked outDance all around the jolly good fellowWell then you’d have, then you’d have
Somethin’ to talk aboutTell ’em I’ve gone insaneYeah, we’ll make ’em all believe itNah, there ain’t no doubtThat I will give you somethin’ to talk aboutTalk about”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock