Brazilian sleeps in coffin to honor his friend

The only people who usually sleep in coffins are vampires, but in this case every Friday night for the last 23 years, Zeli Rosse from Brazil’s southeastern state of Minas Gerais has slept in a coffin for different reasons.

Rosse says he sleeps in the coffin to honor a deceased friend.

When they were a lot younger, the two friends promised each other that whoever died first would have his casket bought by the other.

Rosse’s friend bought him a coffin when he mistakenly thought Rosse had died in a 1983 car crash. When the friend died in 1988, Rosse started sleeping in the coffin to honor his memory.

He also kept his promise to buy the dead friend a “brand new” casket.

His wife Cleusa Pereira Rosse, has accepted the strange arrangement and kept it quiet, but his weekly sleeping habit became public last month when his 14-year-old grandson wrote a story about him for his school’s newspaper.

Since then reporters from all over the world have been clamoring for his story.

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