Father Christmas dies in Italy

A man dressed in a Father Christmas costume collapsed and died on Friday while handing out presents at a Christmas school party in Southern Italy for pupils aged 11 to 13.

The Gino Rossi Vairo institute in Agropoli, a seaside town of about 100 kilometres south-east of Naples, told journalists the cause of death was not known.

The victim has been identified as Pasquale Pagano, 45.

A local newspaper, InfoCilento it, quoted the mother of one of the pupils as saying that his face turned blue, suggesting that Pagano 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 woman said.

NAN

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