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Steelers Fan Laid To Rest In Unique Way

He was in life a zealous Pittsburgh Steelers fan which, admittedly, is a redundant description. He was, in death, propped in a recliner in front of a television with a pack of cigarettes and a beer at his side. James Henry Smith died at age 55 of prostate cancer on Thursday. Because his death was expected, his family planned for an unusual viewing last night. The funeral home erected a small stage in a viewing room, and arranged furniture on it much as it was in Smith's home on game day Sundays. Smith's body was on the recliner, his feet crossed and a remote in his hand. He wore black and gold silk pajamas, slippers and a robe. The cigarettes and beer were at his side, and a high-definition TV played a continuous loop of Steelers highlights. A friend called the viewing a celebration, adding people will see him as he was. His sister said she couldn't stop crying after looking at the Steeler blanket in his lap. It was just like he was at home.
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