A Belgian TikToker Faked His Own Death To Teach His Family And Friends About The Importance Of Keeping In Touch

June 14, 2023 / Posted by:

It sucks when you feel ignored by your friends and family. Why won’t they respond to your texts? Check in with you during tough times? Invite you to their parties? For 45-year-old Belgian TikToker David Baerten, enough was enough. How daaare his so-called “loved ones” avoid him?! It was time to teach everyone a lesson via an elaborate prank where he fakes his death (with the help of his wife and kids) and then helicopters into his own funeral. “Surprise, I’m alive!” Errr, “Surpendre! Je suis en vie!”

The New York Post says David’s “prank” (it’s more of a sadistic long con, but whateva) was an attempt to see “who actually cared” about him. To spread the fake news of his death, one of his kids took to social media to write a fake tribute to her dad:

“Rest in peace, Daddy. I will never stop thinking about you,” the daughter wrote, according to the Times UK. “Why is life so unfair? Why you? You were going to be a grandfather, and you still had your whole life ahead of you. I love you! We love you! We will never forget you.”

Last weekend, David’s fake funeral was held near the city of Liege. As dozens of friends and family members waited for the ceremony to begin, they were met with a mysterious helicopter. And who came out when it landed? David and a camera crew. He allegedly greeted mourners with, “Cheers to you all, welcome to my funeral.” David has nearly 165,000 TikTok followers, but he still hasn’t uploaded his POV or any footage from his cameras. So far, all we have is this video from one of the guests:

@el.tiktokeur2

Tu nous as eu on t aime mon ami on est content que tu es parmis nous ❤️❤️#pourtoii #fyp #fypシ @Ragnar_le_fou

♬ son original – Thomas faut

And this TikTok, which shows David (the one with the bald, tattooed head) man-hugging a weeping friend who thought he was dead:

@el.tiktokeur2

Tu nous a eu je te le jure j etais en pleure moi et apres j ai eu le choc poto on t aime beaucoup ❤️@Ragnar_le_fou @Leclercq Philippe #fyp #pourtoii #fypシ

♬ son original – Thomas faut

The New York Post says some guests, like the hugger above, were relieved. But others were pissed. Um, yeah! I’d fucking kill that SOB all over again. David took to his TikTok page to explain himself:

“What I see in my family often hurts me, I never get invited to anything. Nobody sees me. We all grew apart. I felt unappreciated,” Baerten said. “That’s why I wanted to give them a life lesson and show them that you shouldn’t wait until someone is dead to meet up with them.”

Baerten, who has nearly 165,000 followers, has claimed some loved ones have been reaching out to him since the prank adding it “proves who really cares about me. Those who didn’t come did contact me to meet up. So in a way, I did win.”

Apparently, only half of David’s family showed up to mourn him. HA! The whole point of pulling a Tom & Huckleberry Finn (eavesdropping on your own funeral) is so you can see all the people who show up and say great things about you. But for half your family not to show up? Call me crazy, but maybe, just maybe, the people in David’s life weren’t inviting him to their parties cuz he’s the type of person to fake his own death for attention. Just a thought…

Pics: TikTok

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