He died on a cruise ship, so they kept his body in a bag inside the beverage fridge.
The family of an elderly man who died on a cruise has sued the organizer for keeping the man's body in a beverage cooler for six days instead of using a regular morgue.
Insider said the elderly man's body was left for six days in a beverage cooler on a cruise ship after his death.
In the complaint filed in Florida federal court last Wednesday, the family of Robert Jones, 78, accused the cruise line of improperly storing his body after death, which led to its decomposition.
The lawsuit accuses the company of concealing the fact that there was no working morgue on board, and the complaint said the funeral worker found the body dumped in a bag on a refrigerated floor.
The plaintiffs — his wife, daughters and grandchildren — are seeking $1 million in damages. Jones died of a heart attack aboard the Celebrity Equinox.
His wife, Marilyn Jones, who was also on the ship, was given two options for what to do with her late husband's body, the complaint said: She could have removed his body from the ship in San Juan, Puerto Rico, or left him on the ship until the ship reached Fort Lauderdale, Florida, six days later.
According to the lawsuit, the ship's employees provided Jones with a list of reasons why Puerto Rico had not been made, including that it would require it to remain in San Juan and arrange for the transfer of itself and the body to the United States mainland, according to the complaint.
Puerto Rican authorities might insist on an autopsy, delaying her return of the body, and the ship's command offered the other option: keeping the body in the morgue, which the wife had chosen.
Cruise ships are legally required to have morgues because deaths on board are so common that they can store bodies for weeks without decomposing.
However, according to the complaint, the morgue was idle, and instead Jones' body was placed in a bag inside a beverage cooler that was not cold enough to cool the body.
"The radiator in which the funeral employee found Mr. Jones' body contained drinks outside the radiator and was neither temperature nor suitable to store a body to prevent decomposition," the complaint said.