A five-year-old boy who loved heavy metal music and superheroes has written his own obituary before dying of a rare cancer.

Garrett Matthias, alias the great Great Garrett Underpants, was diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in September and despite having aggressive radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer spread, shared Yahoo 7.

The little boy, from Iowa in the US, passed away last Friday, but not before his parents Ryan and Emilie helped him write his final message.

The five-year-old started the obituary naming himself “Garrett Michael Boofias”, as his surname is difficult to pronounce and said his favourite things were playing with his sister and his grandparents.

“I am 5 years old. My address is: I am a Bulldog! My favourite colour is: Blue….and Red and Black and Green,” it read.

Garrett then lists some of his favourite things, including superheroes Batman and Thor, his bunny, playing with his sister and Lego.

He said he loves his grandparents “with the new house” and the other grandparents that “live in the camper”.

Under things he hates, Garrett’s first entry is “dirty, stinking cancer,” followed by needles and when doctors access his port.

He also explains where he wants to go after he dies.

“When I die I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!” he said.

“I want to be burned (like when Thor’s Mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla.

“See ya later, suckas! – The Great Garrett Underpants”

Ms Matthias said while they never explained to the little boy that he was dying, they had many conversations around what he would want if he did.

“We’ve cried oceans of tears in the last nine months but I think this is one of the things we can do to make his day special and not sad,” she told WHO.

Read the full obituary here: via Des Moines Register

The family compiled the obituary from a series of conversations they had with their son in the weeks leading up to his death.

Garrett Michael Matthias AKA “The Great Garrett Underpants”, of Van Meter, Iowa –
My name is: Garrett Michael Boofias
My birthday is: I am 5 years old
My address is: I am a Bulldog!
My favorite color is: Blue…and red and black and green
My favorite superhero is: Batman…and Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Cyborg
When I grow up: I’m going to be a professional boxer
My favorite people are:
Mommy, Daddy, my sister ‘Delcina’ (Delphina),
The grandparents with the new house (Fredric and Cheryl Krueger),
The grandparents with the camper (Daniel and Nita Matthias),
My cousins Grady, ‘that guy I took down that one time’ (Luke) and London Marie,
My auntie Janette and stinky Uncle Andy (Andrew and Janette Krueger),
Those two guys, you know, my uncles (Kristopfer Krueger and James Taylor)

The things I love the most: Playing with my sister, my blue bunny, thrash metal, Legos, my daycare friends, Batman and when they put me to sleep before they access my port.

Things I hate: Pants, dirty stupid cancer, when they access my port, needles and the monkey nose that smells like cherry farts. I do like the mint monkey nose at Mayo Radiation, and that one guy that helped me build Legos (Randy).

When I die: I am going to be a gorilla and throw poo at Daddy!

Burned or buried: I want to be burned (like when Thor’s mommy died) and made into a tree so I can live in it when I’m a gorilla.

Big or small funeral: Funerals are sad. I want 5 bouncy houses (because I’m 5), Batman and snow cones

“Garrett endured nine months of hell before he lost his battle with cancer. During that time he never lost his sense of humor and loved to tease the doctors and nurses. From whoopy cushions and sneaking clothes pins on their clothes to ‘hazing’ the interns and new staff doctors, he was forever a prankster. Nothing caught people off guard as his response to ‘see ya later alligator':

See ya later, suckas! – The Great Garrett Underpants”

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  • That is so so sad. Such a beautiful little boy, gone too soon


  • The person who read the eulogy at his funeral had to be a very special person to do so.
    It would have been so heartbreaking. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye by the end of that.


  • A beautiful memory to have for his loved ones who’ll miss their precious Garrett a lot ! Sorry to hear you had to suffer so much buddy, but hope you find joy and peace now becoming a tree and a gorilla.


  • Beautiful parents who let this gorgeous young man express himself as he wanted to.


  • What an amazing little boy.. my thoughts are with his family and I hope he is happy as a gorilla x


  • What a lovely little guy he was. How sad for the family to lose him so young.


  • He sounds like he was a little character. Thoughts to the family x


  • Whilst it is sad this boy was taken from the world so so soon. It is great that the parents made the most of things and empowered their boy to express himself.


  • So sad, but at least his parents have some positive memories.


  • So very sad but a nice keepsake for the family to cherish in years to come.


  • So sad to read. Poor little guy. So young and so clever and intuitive.


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