Dead Drummer Propped Up Behind Kit for His Funeral
There’s an old urban legend about a man in need of surgery that would render his right arm immobile asking the doctor for a guitar to determine the position he’d like his arm to be locked into forever. I’m not sure if that really happened, but the logical conclusion of that concept is even more extreme: a dead drummer, embalmed and propped up behind his kit for his funeral. And it’s 100% verifiably true.
Brentnol McPherson, a Guyanese drummer living in Canada known as Bonny Brent, died earlier this year, and his family decided to give him the ultimate sendoff. The funeral was arranged by Covenant Funeral Homes in Toronto, who clearly took pride in granting the wishes of his family by setting Bonny up — drumsticks in hand — with an exquisite arrangement of flowers surrounding the kit. The funeral home posted photos and a video of the service online, saying:
“Reunited with his dad the late greats Tom Charles, Pamela Maynard, Dennis Brown and the many artists gone before him. This was truly an honor! THANK YOU BONNY….WE SAID WE NEEDED TO TELL THE WORLD ABOUT JESUS….. WITHOUT HIM, This would still be in my dreams……I know you are happy!!!”
Later in the service, McPherson was placed in a traditional casket for his final resting place.
You can watch video of Bonny’s “last performance” below, but if you’re squeamish about such things, maybe don’t.