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Raising a laugh at funerals is no Dying Art for this colourful New Zealand coffin maker




When the pallbearers brought Phil McLean’s coffin into the chapel, there were gasps before a wave of laughter rippled through the hundreds of mourners.

The coffin was a giant cream doughnut.

A doughnut-shaped coffin rests halfway out of the boot of a white hearse in front of a church
Ross Hall kept the doughnut coffin he made for his late cousin, Phil.(

Supplied: Ross Hall


“It overshadowed the sadness and the hard times in the last few weeks,” said his widow, Debra.

The doughnut was the latest creation by Phil’s cousin Ross Hall, who runs a business in Auckland called Dying Art, which custom builds colourful coffins.

Other creations by Mr Hall include a yacht, a fire truck, a chocolate bar and Lego blocks. There have been glittering coffins…

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