ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque steakhouse is planning a make-believe funeral for Walter White, the chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin on the popular AMC drama “Breaking Bad” that was filmed in the city.
Fans will have to pay to attend, with organizers saying proceeds will go to an endowment for substance abuse prevention programs in Albuquerque.
Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse said it will hold the service on Saturday afternoon for White, who was killed in the series finale last month.
It will take place at Sunset Memorial Park, with “Breaking Bad” set decorator Michael Flowers delivering the eulogy. A Saturday night reception will follow at Vernon’s.
Packages for tickets to the funeral and reception start at $20 and go to $5,000, with $20 being the minimum to attend the funeral and $100 the minimum to attend the reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
The top package includes getting a name on the Walter White Tombstone, two tickets to the funeral, two seats in the funeral procession limo from Walter White’s death location to Sunset Memorial Cemetery, two tickets to the reception and two baby blue silicone bracelets imprinted with Walter White’s name.
Fans can also purchase baby blue silicone Walter White bracelets for $10.
All proceeds will go to the Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation and benefiting Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.
“This is an enormous opportunity for the Albuquerque community to benefit again from the worldwide phenomenon of ‘Breaking Bad,'” said Michael Baird, owner of Vernon’s Steakhouse.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said the character played by Bryan Cranston brought awareness to viewers about the problems associated with drug abuse and homelessness.
An obituary placed for the fictional White last week created a run on copies of the Albuquerque Journal.