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Man faked own death and turned up at funeral in helicopter

A Belgian TikToker faked his own death to find out who cared and then turned up to his own funeral.

David Baerten, 45, and his wife and children decided to prank friends and family members to find out what they really thought him.

To spread the news of Mr Baerten’s death, one of his children took to social media and wrote a tribute to her father.

She 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 you.”

The funeral, which was staged last weekend near the city of Liege, was attended by many friends and family members dressed in black.

Everyone was waiting for the ceremony to begin, but instead, they were met by a landing helicopter.

Pic: Screenshot from TikTok video

In the video posted on TikTok by a funeral attendee, Mr Baerten stepped out of the helicopter alongside a camera crew and was then greeted by mourners.

Some of Mr Baerten’s family and friends are seen running up to him in the footage amid emotional exchanges, while others remain confused and perplexed in the car park.

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According to The Times, the TikToker said that he faked his death to see how his wider family would react and said he felt “underappreciated” by them.

He added: “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.”

Mr Baerten, also known as Ragnar le Fou on TikTok, claimed some loved ones have been reaching out to him since the prank adding 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.”


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