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‘Breaking Bad’ funeral raises $17K for charity

‘Breaking Bad’ funeral raises $17K for charity

'BAD' FUNERAL: The fictional Walter White is "laid to rest" for a good cause. Photo: WENN

The funeral organized by fans for Bryon Cranston’s fictional character on “Breaking Bad” raised $17,000 for charity on Saturday.

The memorial for Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-drug manufacturer played by Cranston, attracted 200 people in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the series was set and filmed.

Admission to the event helped raise thousands of dollars for the city’s Healthcare for the Homeless organization, which also helps people battling drug addictions.

The “mourners” attended a funeral procession led by a hearse and White’s infamous motor home, where the character cooked up meth on the cult hit.

The fans convened to a cemetery where they could pay their respects to White at a real grave site and “Breaking Bad” set decorator Michael Flowers was even on hand to give a eulogy. Following the service, fans were invited to a local restaurant for a reception.

However, some Albuquerque locals have slammed the faux memorial, insisting it will draw TV tourists the the site where their loved ones are buried.

A petition has been launched in a bid to have the grave removed, pointing out that the home where the show was shot already draws up to 10,000 cars a month.

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