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No rest for the dead with surround-sound coffin

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By Euronews
No rest for the dead with surround-sound coffin

<p>A Swedish man has designed a coffin with built-in speakers linked to a music playlist that can be updated by the living.</p> <p>Music and video equipment store owner Fredrik Hjelmquist said his hi-fi coffin would entertain the dead and provide solace for grieving friends and relatives by making it possible for them to alter the deceased’s playlist online.</p> <p>“We don’t know, right? But then people believe in different ways in different parts of the world,” Hjelmquist told Reuters television when he was asked whether a belief in life after death was what would lead someone to buy his coffin.</p> <p>“In Sweden perhaps we don’t believe in it, but in many parts of the world people believe in a different way,” he said.</p> <p>He planned to be buried in such a coffin, he added, and would choose opera for his long sleep. He has not sold any of his coffins, but there have been many enquiries, he added.</p> <p>The price tag is a hefty 199,000 Swedish crowns ($30,700).</p> <p>“We’ve had an unbelievable amount of inquiries, not so much in Sweden, but many from the United States and Canada, also from Taiwan,” he said.</p> <p>“Ozzy Osbourne should buy one I think or Keith Richards. Somebody ought to do it because this is really rock n’ roll I think…but at the same time beautiful,” he said.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SDpC5ZYcA7M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Reuters</p>