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Albuquerque holding fake funeral for 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White

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A real tombstone will be on display at a memorial park in Albuquerque, NM. (Source: CNN/KRQE) A real tombstone will be on display at a memorial park in Albuquerque, NM. (Source: CNN/KRQE)
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (CNN/KRQE) - A fake funeral is getting a lot of real publicity.

Fans of Breaking Bad are planning to put the show's main character, Walter White, to rest in an actual funeral procession Saturday in Albuquerque, NM.

Even local law enforcement is taking the sendoff for the fictional meth kingpin seriously.

Fans of AMC's smash hit series have been in mourning since the show ended last month, and its main character died with it. There was a Walter White obituary in the local paper and a roadside memorial where he was killed in the series finale.

Jackamoe Buzzell, an actor, decided that wasn't enough and organized a real-life funeral for the make-believe character and others who lost their lives in the violent TV drama.

The plan is to sell tickets to the event with the money going to help the homeless.

"It would help meth addicts, heroin addicts, people that are homeless, providing them with care.

Buzzell said. "It was clear to all of us that this was an opportunity to make a true and lasting impact."

It's worked – the event had raised $11,000 the day before the funeral.

Saturday's fake funeral will have a real burial site at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM, with a real Walter White tombstone that will stay there.

There are also plans for a five-mile funeral procession, with a dozen sheriff's deputies serving as escorts.

"When I was first contacted about this, I had to Google Walter White because I didn't know who it was," said Sheriff Dan Houston, who said he really doesn't get the show's appeal. "I'm still good with it because at the end of the day Albuquerque Health Care needs money to help these people and that's really what this is about."

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