Luke Perry Was Buried in an Eco-Friendly Mushroom Suit

Jacquie Cadorette
May 06, 2019 - 12:21 pm

Video by Meredith Ganzman

While friends, family, and fans of Luke Perry continue to mourn his death, a beautiful detail about his burial sheds a little bit of hope on the heartbreaking situation. 

Perry’s daughter, Sophie Perry, took to Instagram to reveal one of her father’s dying wishes – to be buried in a 100% biodegradable suit made from mushrooms. “My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him,” she writes. The family was quick to comply with the “90210” actor’s wishes to be laid to rest in a mushroom suit of his own.

--In December I went to San Francisco with two of my best friends. One of them, had never never been to California, so we went to show him the Redwoods. I took this picture while we were there, because i thought, “damn, those mushrooms are beautiful.” Now, mushrooms hold an entirely new meaning for me. Any explanation i give will not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial option via mushrooms. All i can say is that you should all look into them at coeio.com or just by googling “mushroom burial suit” . My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him. He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you.

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The idea of being buried in a suit made from mushrooms and other microorganisms was coined by company Coeio, whose founder asks the question, “Could mushrooms be the symbol and tool for a cultural shift in how we think about death and our relationship to the planet?” 

Known as the Infinity Burial Suit, its materials not only help to decompose the body of the wearer, but act as a catalyst for new life in the burial location. A description by Coeio reads, “The end result of being buried in the Infinity Burial Suit, or any of Coeio’s products, is that bodies are transformed into vital nutrients that enrich the earth and foster new life.”

The suit offers mourners a chance to look at the death of their loved ones as an opportunity to enrich the earth and promote new growth. It also allows for a more sustainable burial, typically unavailable through conventional funeral practices. 

Luke Perry was laid to rest in Tennessee last month. 

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