'See ya later, suckas': Boy, 5, writes own obituary before dying of cancer


A five-year-old boy who loved heavy metal music and superheroes has written his own obituary before dying of a rare cancer.

Garrett Matthias, alias the great Great Garrett Underpants, was diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in September and despite having aggressive radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer spread.

The little boy, from Iowa in the US, passed away last Friday, but not before his parents Ryan and Emilie helped him write his final message.

The five-year-old started the obituary naming himself “Garrett Michael Boofias”, as his surname is difficult to pronounce and said his favourite things were playing with his sister and his grandparents.

Garrett Matthias, from Iowa in the US, was diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in September. Photo: Legacy

“I am 5 years old. My address is: I am a Bulldog! My favourite colour is: Blue….and Red and Black and Green,” it read.

Garrett then lists some of his favourite things, including superheroes Batman and Thor, his bunny, playing with his sister and Lego.

He said he loves his grandparents “with the new house” and the other grandparents that “live in the camper”.

Under things he hates, Garrett’s first entry is “dirty, stinking cancer,” followed by needles and when doctors access his port.

He also explains where he wants to go after he dies.

In his obituary, Garrett says his favourite people are his parents Emilie and Ryan and sister  Delphina. Photo: GoFundMe

“When I die I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!” he said.

“I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla.

“See ya later, suckas! – The Great Garrett Underpants”

Ms  Matthias said while they never explained to the little boy that he was dying, they had many conversations around what he would want if he did.

“We’ve cried oceans of tears in the last nine months but I think this is one of the things we can do to make his day special and not sad,” she told WHO.

Garrett’s funeral will be held on Saturday.  

Under things he hates, Garrett’s first entry in the obituary is “dirty, stinking cancer,” Photo: Fox 5