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Chiropractor's Dying Wish to Mourners: Please Do Not Vote for Donald Trump

Jeffery H. Cohen's obituary isn't the first to make a 2016 plea.

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    Chiropractor's Dying Wish to Mourners: Please Do Not Vote for Donald Trump
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    In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles for news photographers as he takes a break from greeting supporters at rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016.

    Obituaries have long served as not only a way to memorialize the deceased, but also to help convey a loved one's final wishes.

    For a Pennsylvania chiropractor, who passed away suddenly on Jan. 17 at the age of 70, his one request for mourners attending his funeral: "In lieu of flowers, please don't vote for Donald Trump."

    “[Jeffrey H. Cohen] was a voracious teller of jokes of all kinds, especially dirty and groan-inducing ones,” his obituary, published on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, read. “He had a great smile and all his teeth were still his.”

    The self-proclaimed "only Jewish cowboy that he knew of” spent his summers as a teenager working at Bear Creek Ranch in Montana before completing his undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. Cohen received his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic and opened his own practice on April Fools Day 1976.

    According to his obituary, Cohen, dubbed the “chiropractor to the stars,” treated celebrity clients like Fred Rogers of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" fame, singer Liza Minnelli and parody songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic. He also cared for professional boxers, members of the Pittsburgh Ballet, and NFL players from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Cohen's obituary made no mention of his political views, nor did it make any recommendations for whom his friends and family should vote for instead.

    The Pittsburgh-based doctor wasn't alone in his appeal to stop Trump. The conservative magazine National Review published a scathing editorial Friday calling the Republican frontrunner a "menace to conservatism."

    The issue also features accompanying essays by 22 prominent conservative thinkers from various ideological factions opposing Trump's candidacy. It's cover simply states: "Dump Trump."

    Trump immediately dismissed the attack on Twitter, calling the magazine a "failing publication." The Republican National Committee disinvited the magazine from a Feb. 25 GOP debate in Houston in response.

    Cohen's obituary isn't the first to make a 2016 plea.

    In August, a New Jersey woman's final request to friends and family appealed for them to not vote for Hillary Clinton.