SANTA DROPS DEAD AT KIDS’ PARTY
FATHER Christmas is DEAD!
The costumed Santa died after collapsing as he handed out pressies at a kiddies’ party.
The 67-year-old fell ill while he was attending a traditional festive event in the Russian city of Kemerovo.
He is said to have been transferred to an ambulance but died on his way to hospital.
A source said the unnamed man had “complained of chest pain” in the run-up to his collapse.
A medical source said: “The man felt ill in the kindergarten. He was taken in an ambulance but died on the way to the hospital.”
Russian versions of Santa Claus are known as Ded Moroz, or Father Frost.
In a Soviet-era tradition, they host children’s parties over the New Year period along with a fairy tale snow maiden character known as Snegurochka.
Unlike our own Father Christmas, Ded Moroz delivers gifts on New Year’s Eve rather than on Christmas Eve.