ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - FIRST A WARNING: The following article contains "Breaking" Bad show spoilers
It was meant to be a tribute to one of Albuquerque and television's most iconic antiheroes.
Now a fake obituary for make-believe meth kingpin Walter White in the Albuquerque Journal is going viral.
The idea came from "Breaking Bad" superfan Dave Layman who was first tied to the series when he played an extra in the show's pilot.
Layman, who teaches science at Los Puentes Charter School in Albuquerque, wanted to pay tribute to Walter White a day after the character died at the end of the series finale on Sunday.
"I was driving and I thought, you know, when you care about somebody, what do you do?" Layman said. "You write an obituary for them."
So Layman pitched the idea to his fellow "Breaking Bad" fans on a Facebook group, Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour. With some writing help from fellow fan Bethany Brandon and financial help from others in the group, Layman took the the idea to the Albuquerque Journal.
"They told me they couldn't put it in as an obituary, but they would put it in as an ad," Layman said.
After plunking down $166, Layman's idea became a reality on Friday. The Journal published it on page A4.
"A co-founder of Gray Matter, White was a research chemist who taught high school chemistry and later founded a meth manufacturing empire," read the obituary. "He will be greatly missed."
The fake obituary was smaller than a Post-it note but caused a big stir. National media outlets and entertainment sites quickly picked up the story.
Show cast members Betsy Brandt, who played Walter White's sister-in-law, and R.J. Mitte, who played Walter White's son, both gave the obit a shout-out on Twitter.
"For it to go global so quickly, truly viral, I didn't expect at all," Layman said.
The small ad also turned Friday's paper into a collectible item. As of late Friday night nearly 100 copies were put up for sale on the online auction site eBay. One copy of the paper, which typically sells for 75 cents, had a top bid of $26.
The fake obituary isn't the only piece of "Breaking Bad" memorabilia with an inflated price. Auction site ScreenBid is selling more than 500 props from the show.
As of late Friday night, an iconic bell used by show character Tio Salamanca to communicate had the top dollar bid at $16,750. A pair of underwear worn in the show's pilot by Bryan Cranston, the actor who portrayed Walter White, was fetching $5,300.
Operation Gingerbread arrived in Albuquerque Tuesday for an event to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
A Colorado company is recalling 45 tons of meat and poultry products a federal agency says were produced under unsanitary conditions.
The Game and Fish Department is looking for a poacher who killed four deer.
There has been a second Hantavirus death in New Mexico this year.
A middle school teacher in Shiprock was killed overnight Tuesday when a district housing unit went up in flames.
A man who led deputies on a wild chase through Albuquerque on Monday faced a judge Tuesday.