A Breaking Bad fan group wrote an obituary for lead character Walter White that appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on Friday. White, played by Bryan Cranston, died from gunshots wounds in last week's series finale.
Walter White was a high school science teacher who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He soon turned to creating and selling meth in order to provide money for his family after he passed away.
"White, Walter aka 'Heisneberg,' 52, of Albuquerque, died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer, and a gunshot wound," the Breaking Bad obituary reads. "A co-founder of Gray Matter, White was a research chemist who taught high school chemistry, and later founded a meth manufacturing empire. He is survived by his wife, Skyler Lambert; son Walter 'Flynn' Jr.; and daughter Holly. A private memorial was held by his family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a drug abuse prevention charity of your choice. He will be greatly missed."
Watch Walter White's death on the Breaking Bad finale, "Felina."
David Layman wrote the Walter White obituary with help of the Facebook group "Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour." Layman is a die-hard fan of Breaking Bad and actually appeared in the pilot. He is also from Albuquerque, where the series was set and filmed for five seasons.
"Of course, there are a lot of us sad to see the show and Walt go," Layman said. "But being able to see that part of Albuquerque and the local talent was wonderful, and many of us could feel some pride.
Ironically, Layman has much in common with the Breaking Bad antihero. He, too, is a high school science teacher with a student named Jesse. On the AMC series, White's former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) helped the teacher with his meth operation.
"Here's a guy that was living paycheck to paycheck," Layman said of Walter White. "He ends up with cancer, has a son who is disabled, a wife who is going to have a baby and he finds some way to work it all out. He becomes unstoppable, he thinks. He's a little man who kind of made it, even if he didn't make it the right way."