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Obituary captures craziness of election; family’s pretty sure death had something to do with Trump and Hillary

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An obituary reportedly published in The Times-Picayune on Aug. 12, 2016, reflects the craziness of the 2016 presidential election perhaps better than any living mortal could hope to do so.

Announcing the death of William Ziegler at the age of 69, the family questions the real intentions of the dearly departed as related to the November election that pits Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton.

“We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election,” the obit declares.

The humorous mortuary tribute suggests that Ziegler lived life to the fullest and went out in style.

An example of how funny the obit is can be seen in an explanation of why the veteran decided to retire as a firefighter:

“After twenty-five years, he suddenly realized that running away from burning buildings made more sense than running toward them. He promptly retired.”


The reaction on social media proved that folks appreciated the humor at a time of sorrow, as seen in the fixation on potted meat. Somehow, you sense William Ziegler would approve.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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