ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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(Warning, there's what can certainly be described as 'adult' material below, including images of an actual dead body - proceed with care)

There are many ways that a person can make themselves a hero to those around them. Some do it through their actions - by saving lives, helping others or simply making a tangible difference to their community. Others do it through their words - making the world seem a little easier to deal with, and helping others to get through the hardest times.

There are others, though, who take a much more practical route to heroism.

Renato Garcia was one such other.

Mr. Garcia sadly passed away recently, but the 50-year-old, from Puerto Rico, had no intention of letting death stop him from continuing to be a hero to his family.

And, so...

Renato Garcia Found a Green Lantern Costume

One which he was, for the last few weeks of his life, frequently seen wearing around town. And though, whereas Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps were granted their costumes by their power rings, Mr. Garcia found his in a bag of donated clothes, it clearly made him feel like the superhero he had always been to his family.

That, though, was far from all Mr. Garcia had planned. Y'see, when he sadly passed away a few weeks later, his Green Lantern costume took on a very different, and far more unusual purpose.

Renato Garcia Wore His Green Lantern Costume to His Own Wake

Or, rather, his family chose to have his body embalmed and displayed at the wake, this past Sunday, wearing his beloved Green Lantern costume.

Which, as it turns out, was the local community's idea. As his sister, Milagros Garcia, put it when speaking to Primera Hora:

"I was going to ensure that it was normal, but the neighbors had the idea. I know that he would have liked it."

Which makes a whole lot of sense, really - since from the sounds of it...

Renato Garcia Was a Hero in Life, Too

He may not have been the kind of hero we watch in theaters, or read about in comic-books, but from the sounds of his sister's final tribute to him, he was exactly the sort of real life hero we can all aspire to be - one who made a real and lasting difference to those around him.

"He was always very helpful," Ms. Garcia recalled. "You beckoned and he was always there."

Just like the iconic superhero he emulated, both in life and in death.

What do you think, though? Is Renato Garcia's story touching, or troubling? Do you have any other tales of fans taking their love of a character to an incredible level?

via PrimeraHora, NYDailyNews


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