A Santa Claus aka Father Christmas who dressed in his costume, collapsed and died on Friday December 22 while giving out presents to pupils at a Christmas carol party in a southern Italian school.
The 45 years old deceased Father Christmas was named Pasquale Pagano.
The school, the Gino Rossi Vairo Iinstitute in Agropoli, a seaside town about 100 kilometres South-East of Naples, said the cause of Pagano’s death was not known.
According to a local newspaper, InfoCilento, it quoted the mother of one of the pupils as saying that Pagano’s face turned blue, suggesting that he might have had a heart attack.
“An ambulance was called and they tried everything to save his life, but there was nothing they could do for him,” the mother, whose name was not published, told the paper.