Clown Collapses, Dies at Thanksgiving Day Parade

Robert Blasetti, 67, went into cardiac arrest as he made balloon animals at Sixth Avenue and West 39th Street on Thursday

Sunday, Nov 25, 2012  |  Updated 9:51 AM EDT
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Clown Collapses, Dies at Thanksgiving Day Parade

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A general view of the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012.

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A clown suffered a fatal collapse in front of spectators at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Blasetti went into cardiac arrest as he made balloon animals at Sixth Avenue and West 39th Street on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Spokesman Orlando Veras said Macy's was "saddened to report" that a parade marcher had suffered a medical emergency. He declined to say whether the man was a Macy's employee.

Also, a civilian New York Police Department worker also became fatally ill during the parade. He suffered an apparent heart attack while hooking up a vehicle to be towed off the parade route at West 57th Street and Sixth Avenue. He also was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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