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Viral first-person obituary actually written by friends

Toledo WTVG logo Toledo WTVG 5/7/2021 Tony Geftos
a man sitting on a table: Plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Flanigan, had a first-person obituary that went viral. Turns out, he didn't technically write it. © Provided by Toledo WTVG Plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Flanigan, had a first-person obituary that went viral. Turns out, he didn't technically write it.

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - His farewell message was written in the first person, published as his obituary. It went viral and ended up in The New York Post and The Independent UK.

Turns out, not all the words were written by him.

“When we wrote the obituary, we felt that it would be that kind of final chapter,” said Dan Forthoffer, Tom’s longtime friend and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brother. “We made sure that everything in the letter was true … written in the first person because he always wrote his notes in the first person. We enjoyed them.”

The notes were Dr. Flanigan’s annual New Year’s Eve letters he sent to friends and family each year. Those friends decided to cull together much of what Tom wrote and turn it into his farewell address.

“We were very selective in making sure the sentences we had in it were sentences that he actually would have said or did actually say,” added Fortfoffer.

You can read Dr. Flanigan’s obituary below and by clicking here.

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