DISTRESSING FOOTAGE: 'Santa Clause' Collapses And Dies In Front Of Kindergarten Students

DISTRESSING FOOTAGE: 'Santa Clause' Collapses And Dies In Front Of Kindergarten Students

Up till that point, the mood in the party was joyful, with four-year-olds dressed up in costumes of bunnies and snowflakes, dancing around a brightly decorated Christmas tree, which in Russian Federation is called a New Year's tree.

"Almost every little boy and girl in Iberville Parish is on my nice list", Santa said in an interview he managed to fit into his busy pre-Christmas schedule.

Some of the youngsters thought it was part of the game, which involved them touching their noses, and ran towards him laughing.

Shortly after, Mr Titenko unexpectedly collapsed backwards next to a Christmas tree, and one worker dressed as a clown could be seen rushing to his aid.

However, the 67-year-old sadly died on the way.

A spokesman at the Musical Theatre of Kuzbass where he was a star said: 'In recent years his health was not ideal.

"He had been through complicated heart surgery, but still performed on the stage and had been working at full capacity, not sparing himself".

As kindergarten staff confronted the young students, he was rushed to hospital in Kemerovo but died on the way, said a medical source.

An ambulance was called and Valery was taken to hospital. However, what happens when the jolly, white-bearded man can no longer deliver his presents because his sleigh broke down?

A survey of more than 4,000 people from the United States and United Kingdom shows that more than 25 percent of people polled would make Santa Claus a female or gender neutral if they had to rebrand the face of Christmas.

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