Was the body of an elderly man who had died from COVID-19 dissected in front of a live audience?
That’s what Seattle NBC outlet King 5 claims .
It was reportedly a pay-per-view event in Portland, Orgeon last month.
The man was identified as David Saunders, 98.
His body had been donated for medical research, but somehow sold to the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, KING 5 reported.
As the story goes, Saunders’ body was donated to Med Ed Labs, based in Las Vegas.
The founder of DeathScience.org, Jeremy Ciliberto, said he partnered with the Odditites and Curiosities Expo to buy cadavers, according to KING 5.
“The Oddities and Curiosities Expo travels across the country showcasing “taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror/halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, odd jewelry, skulls/bones, funeral collectibles,” its website states.
Attendees to the pay-per-view were charged $500 to watch.
“This is not a sideshow. This is very professional ” Ciliberto told KING 5.
But Saunders’ family disagreed and said they did not give consent.
Ciliberto did not immediately respond to a request for comment by PEOPLE.