Walter White Obituary Submitted by Fan to Albuquerque Journal

Friday, 04 Oct 2013 03:02 PM

By Michael Mullins

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An obituary for Walter White, the fictional high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin in the popular AMC TV series "Breaking Bad," was published in the Albuquerque Journal Friday, following the character's death on the show's finale Sunday night.

The obit was purchased by "Breaking Bad" fans belonging to the Facebook page "Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour," which is led by a New Mexico high school teacher named David Layman.

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"I've been a humongous 'Breaking Bad' fan since the beginning," Layman told the Albuquerque Journal. "I was actually in the pilot, and putting the obit in the paper was fitting, because the series was based [and filmed] in Albuquerque and it provides some of us some closure."

The obit includes a headshot of actor Bryan Cranston, who plays White, as well as a reference to the character's alter ego "Heisenberg."

White's death is attributed to "a long battle with lung cancer, and a gunshot," and the obit tells readers "in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a drug abuse prevention charity of your choice."

In the TV series, White begins producing and selling methamphetamine to support his family and pay for his medical bills after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

Over the course of the series, White evolves from a desperate, beloved school teacher who gets by on a moderate income to a feared drug kingpin with no friends and a family that despises him. By the end of the series, White has so much money that his wife has to rent a room in a storage facility to contain it all.

The show, which first aired in January 2008, has won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards and has been nominated for numerous Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2013, Guinness World Records listed "Breaking Bad" as the highest-rated TV series of all time (based on critics ratings, not volume of viewers).

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Sunday's "Breaking Bad" finale received more than 10.3 million viewers, and was preempted by an SNL skit that featured actor Aaron Paul, who on the show plays Jesse Pinkman, a high school dropout and drug addict, who partners with White to produce and sell Meth.

Though "Breaking Bad" is over, the show's popularity has given way to a spinoff TV series that will star one of the most well-liked character's, Saul Goodman. Goodman is a slick, witty, and lovable attorney who represented and to some extent partnered with White in his illicit endeavors.

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