Behind the outrageous viral obituary that people are calling ‘a masterpiece’

‘Who needs a report card after you die?’ says Andy Corren, whose irreverent obituary for his rowdy mother has been read by thousands

An unusual item appeared, recently, in a newspaper in North Carolina. “A plus-sized Jewish lady redneck died in El Paso on Saturday,” the article announced – before careening through a thousand words of one of the more outrageous obituaries ever written.

Renay Mandel Corren – a “bawdy, fertile, redheaded matriarch” and “talented and gregarious grifter” – has “kicked it,” the obituary lamented. “There will be much mourning in the many glamorous locales she went bankrupt in,” including McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where the Jewish mother and grandmother “first fell in love with ham, and atheism” and Fayetteville and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, “where Renay’s dreams, credit rating and marriage are all buried”.

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