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Actor dies on stage during accident in play

An actor in Brazil made an exit onstage from which he will never return.

Tiago Klimeck, 27, was playing Judas in an outdoor performance of “The Passion of the Christ” on Good Friday. In the play, his character is hung from a tree. Klimeck was wearing a harness, so his weight should have been held by a clip on his back rather than the noose around his neck.

As the man dropped from a raised platform, feet swinging in the air, Klimeck’s professor said he watched the actor’s stillness and was very impressed at how realistic the performance was.

After four minutes, someone realized nobody’s that good of an actor. The harness had malfunctioned and Klimeck had actually hung himself. A knife was borrowed from a nearby food vendor to cut him down, but it was too late.

Klimeck went to the hospital and spent two weeks in a coma before dying last Sunday.

His cousin said, “He had his whole future ahead of him. He loved to do theater ever since he was a kid.”

Klimeck was buried Monday, but the investigation into the hanging goes on. There is no word on who friends and family expect to blame for this tragedy. But to quote William Shakespeare, it seems “the play’s the thing.”


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This entry was posted on April 27, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.

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