A father faked his own death to teach his family a lesson before flying to his funeral in a helicopter.
David Baerten, 45, decided to take drastic action to remind his forgetful loved ones to cherish their time with him.
He planned his elaborate prank with his wife and children, who helped him figure out which of his relatives would take care of it.
The TikTok creator, known as Ragnar le Fou, then persuaded one of his daughters to announce his death scam on social media.
She offered a compelling tribute to make more plausible the ploy used to fool friends and family.
It read: “Rest in Peace Dad. I will never stop thinking about you.”
“Why is life so unfair? Why you? You wanted to be a grandfather and you still had your whole life ahead of you.”
“I love you! We love you! We will never forget you.”
Then, last weekend, David organized a fake funeral for himself in Liege, Belgium, and invited a crowd of mourners to honor him.
But as dozens of his black-clad relatives gathered to say their goodbyes, the prankster made a shocking aerial performance.
Instead of falling out of a hearse, he flew into the ceremony in a helicopter along with a camera crew to capture the reaction.
“Cheers to you all, welcome to my funeral,” David said loudly The times.
His stunned family was seen running up to him and hugging him, while others looked visibly confused by the stunt.
But the “pathetic” prank didn’t sit well with David’s 162,000 followers, who called his death hoax “cruel.”
The dad had to explain himself after receiving huge backlash online, and revealed he wanted to teach his family a lesson about staying in touch.
He said: “What I see in my family often hurts me. I never get invited to anything. nobody sees me We’ve all grown apart. I didn’t feel valued.”
“So I wanted to teach them a life lesson and show them that you shouldn’t wait until someone’s dead to meet up with them.”
David has yet to release the full video showing his grand performance in the helicopter.
Another TikTok user who attended the funeral shared footage of them landing in a field.
One of the father’s close friends, Thomas Faut, posted a clip of him hugging his pal with the caption, “You got us.”
He said of the crazy reunion, “I swear I cried and then I had the shock mate we love you very much.”
But David wasn’t too impressed with the turnout – he lamented that “only half my family turned up for the funeral”.
“It shows who really cares about me,” he said. “Those who didn’t come contacted me about a meeting. So in a way I won.”
His fake funeral drew mixed reactions online, with some of his fans claiming it was a valuable lesson for his loved ones.
But others weren’t too impressed by his deception, saying the prank was in bad taste.
We previously shared how one crazy dude faked his own death to see who would come to his funeral – but he wasn’t impressed with the result.
Baltazar Lemos, 60, from Curitiba, Brazil, decided to put his friendships to the test with the ultimate prank.
Unfortunately, his plan went horribly wrong when his loved ones got angry at the fake assassination attempt.