Clown Collapses, Dies During Macy’s Parade

NEW YORK (November 24, 2012)--A clown suffered a fatal collapse in front of spectators at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan.

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

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.

A civilian NYPD worker also became fatally ill during the parade.

He suffered a 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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