A former alcoholic and drug addict was buried at a parish church in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Wednesday—except he is still alive and is broadcasting online from beyond the grave.
John Edwards, 72, is performing the stunt as part of his Walking Free
project, which gives support to people suffering addiction or suicidal
thoughts. He is spending three days underground at Willowfield parish
church to promote the cause, and will take calls throughout.
are trying to get across the message that you need not be in a coffin
prematurely, there is help there and you can overcome addiction and
illness. I was locked into addiction for 25 years.
Round-the-clock security is in place for Mr Edwards, who admitted being buried alive, even voluntarily, was "very freaky".
Food, air and water are supplied by tubes leading down from the surface
and Mr Edwards' coffin is better appointed than most, featuring a small
light, a caravan toilet and his hot water bottle.
It is the second time he has been buried alive, the Telegraph reported, the first stunt having taken place in Halifax last year.