Luke Perry’s had a few final wishes, and it seems like his family was more than happy to honour them.
The actor, who found fame in the 1990s playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210, and more recently enjoyed success on Netflix’s Riverdale, passed away in March at the age of 52, after suffering a second stroke in as many weeks. After the second stroke, his family removed life support, and he soon passed away after complications.
Following earlier reports he’d been cremated and his ashes scattered on his farm in Tennessee, his 18-year-old daughter Sophie revealed he was actually laid to rest in a biodegradable mushroom suit, with a touching Instagram post.
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💋In December I went to San Francisco with two of my best friends. One of them, had never never been to California, so we went to show him the Redwoods. I took this picture while we were there, because i thought, “damn, those mushrooms are beautiful.” Now, mushrooms hold an entirely new meaning for me. Any explanation i give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial option via mushrooms. All i can say is that you should all look into them at coeio.com or just by googling “mushroom burial suit” . My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him. He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you.
She revealed having an eco-friendly burial to be one of his final wishes. “Any explanation I give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial option via mushrooms,” she said, encouraging her nearly 100,000 followers to look up more about it. Indeed, she talked about her own father’s amazement at the prospect, saying he was “more excited by this than I have ever seen him,” upon discovering the option.
The suit was from green burial company Coeio, founded by MIT graduate Jae Rhim Lee, who was looking for ways to re-conceptualize our relationship to death, and the potentially toxic effects of current funeral practices (ie. non-biodegradable coffins and burials). The mushroom-based suits are made of all-natural, biodegradable material, free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, and processing, and aim to make uptake of nutrients by surrounding life more efficient. They also supposedly cleanse the body and soil of “toxins that would otherwise seep into the environment” upon burial. As if all that wasn’t convincing enough, they also help aid rewilding efforts, with Coeio’s promise to plant two trees for every suit purchase made. And at around $2000, they’re less expensive than some coffins.
“They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you,” said Sophie. And no doubt, such news is sure to drive up interest in eco-friendly alternatives to traditional burial practices. So here’s to honouring the wishes of those who’ve passed on, and taking care of our planet at the same time.