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Lifelong Mets fan dies ‘though, surprisingly, that wasn’t what killed her’

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A newspaper cover illustrates the pain of being a Mets fan. (Daily News)

In what will likely be the second-best obituary you'll read this month, a Connecticut woman died on July 13 "after giving cancer the finger for 27 years."

According to her death notice published in the Daily Courier-Observer, Friday the 13th was a "perfect day" for Marylou Cunningham Belles to die "for the Stephen King fan she was."

Belles, a cat lover, was also "a lifelong New York Mets fan though, surprisingly, that wasn't what killed her," her obituary reads.

She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Belles-Preston, son John Belles, "a pack of wily grandsons," and a fantastic sense of humor.

Sadly for us, Belles' memorial will be private, but her family is requesting donations be sent to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. And for the Mets to trade Jason Bay.

Earlier this month, the self-written obituary for a Utah man who lost recently his battle with lung cancer was published in the Salt Lake City Tribune. In it, the man--59-year-old Val Patterson--admitted he did not earn his PhD:

The day I went to pay off my college student loan at the U of U, the girl working there put my receipt into the wrong stack, and two weeks later, a PhD diploma came in the mail. I didn't even graduate, I only had about 3 years of college credit. In fact, I never did even learn what the letters 'PhD' even stood for.

[Hat tip: Romenesko.com]

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