Ailing film star Zsa Zsa Gabor, who has recently had her leg amputated, has been offered a gold coffin worth $40,000 as a gift, according to reports.
The coffin-making company, The Golden Casket, is reported to have sent a letter to Gabor’s publicist last Friday asking if the 93-year-old would like one of the caskets as a gift – despite the fact that she is not yet dead. The letter states: “We would like to honour Zsa Zsa Gabor by providing an exquisite, handcrafted, pure 24k gold casket.”
“We believe Zsa Zsa would want to be forever remembered as she has always been in life – beautiful, elegant, uncompromising and completely original.”
Gabor’s husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, 67, is reported to have said: “I’m going to take the casket and have the gold melted to get a nice ring out of it. These are some f****** sick people!”
“It was a heartfelt offer to someone we admire,” said Edward Balfour, head of sales at the Connecticut-based company.
“I don’t know why this has been received so negatively. We know that Zsa Zsa Gabor may not need the coffin for some time, but all our coffins are custom-made so they need to pre-ordered well in advance. If she had accepted the gift, we would have begun to make it. It takes over 200 hours to make each coffin.”