Jamie Lee Curtis‘ art critic brother-in-law hosted his own living funeral – before his death – which involved him lying on a bed with his eyes closed as his friends and family gathered around him and said their farewells.
Anthony Haden-Guest is the half-brother of Jamie’s husband, Christopher Guest.
The bizarre event saw him laying on a bed as his loved ones tossed roses on him but Jamie and Christopher didn’t go.
Anthony said he opted to hold the celebration of his life, despite still being alive, because he ‘doesn’t like to miss a party.’
‘I needed a dress rehearsal,’ he joked. ‘And I don’t like to miss a party.’
The bizarre event held in the Upper East Side home where a slew of his socialite friends gathered to reflect on Anthony’s impressive life.
Anthony told DailyMail that Christopher, 75, and Jamie, 64, who wed in 1984, were not present because he hasn’t spoken to his brother in years.
He explained that while they didn’t have a ‘falling out,’ they were ‘never close’ and eventually stopped talking.
Pictures from the funeral show Anthony sprawled out on a bed in the middle of the room with a white sheet placed over his body.
His loved ones could be seen tossing roses onto him as he laid completely still with his eyes shut, resembling a dead body.
At one point, he even placed pennies over his eyes – a tradition that people normally do with the deceased at funerals, which is said to be a bribe to get them into heaven.
When asked if he thinks he’s going to heaven or hell, the former Financial Times cartoonist admitted, ‘I don’t think people go to heaven or hell. Can you imagine how bored you’d be in heaven you’d want to leave after 20 minutes.’
Anthony and his pals certainly spared no expense on the event, serving roughly $10,000 worth of Cristal champagne – which was given to the guest of honor as a gift by hostess Libbie.