Photos of a funeral showing an old man being buried in his car have been getting attention on Facebook in a number of African countries.
In the photos a dark green car is being lowered into an oversized grave using straps. One shows the dead man dressed in a suit and sitting in the driver’s seat.
Many of the posts claim the man was a “rich Kenyan”. One says a “wealthy man in Kenya” and “self styled multi billionaire” was “yesterday buried seated in his state of the art car amidst fanfare”. Another says he was Tanzanian.
Car funeral did happen, but not in Africa
The bizarre funeral did take place, but not in Kenya or Tanzania. The man was buried in his car in Saluda County in the US state of South Carolina on 8 September 2009.
The man was 90-year-old Lonnie Holloway, who was buried in the front seat of his 1973 Pontiac Catalina. In the passenger seat was Holloway’s collection of guns.
“He is buried beside his wife who passed away 2 years ago,” it says. “His family members say that he has left his house to his dog.”
‘A unique individual’
“He was a unique individual. He said when he died, he didn’t want to leave his guns here because somebody might take them and shoot somebody, so he took them with him.”
Africa Check contacted the Associated Press for more information. Lynne Hill, AP’s archive accounts coordinator, confirmed that the funeral was in South Carolina.
“We do have some footage but it is not AP copyright,” she said. “It does appear the event took place in South Carolina. You can view the footage on the AP Archive site with story ID 792355.” – Dancan Bwire (10/04/19)
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