SANTA DROPS DEAD AT KIDS’ PARTY

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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.

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