He gave it to a local funeral home with instructions to publish it in the local paper upon his death.
The obituary read:
"I am dead."
The super-simple obituary made headlines. It wasn't long before newspapers were publishing more information about the interesting man behind the short obit, essentially telling his life story for him.
Reporters learned that Kernell, who died on April 6, was an aerospace historian and transport technician. He had his pilot's licence. During his lifetime, he had been a member of 33 different associations. And his extensive collection of aviation literature once earned him a Guinness World Record.
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Kernell's sons eventually wrote up a longer, more traditional obituary to appease the curious public — and emphasize that the their father's three-word obituary was simply reflective of his sense ofRead More »from ‘I am dead’: Swedish man writes own obituary, keeps it simple