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Brazilian actor playing Judas accidentally hangs himself during “Passion of the Christ” play
Yahoo! NewsBy Adam Parris-Long | Yahoo! News – Tue, Apr 24, 2012

A Brazilian actor has died after accidentally hanging himself during a theatre production of the “Passion of the Christ”.

Judas Iscariot hangs himself after betraying Jesus in the gospel of Matthew.Tiago Klimeck, 27, was enacting the suicide of Judas during a Good Friday performance in Itarare, southern Brazil.

The audience and his fellow actors didn’t realise anything was wrong for more than four minutes.
Kilmeck died this week after being in a medically induced coma for the last 16 days.

Police are investigating the cause of Tiago Klimeck’s death, with the safety harness being scrutinised at the Criminal Institute of Sorocaba.

Reports suggest that the harness had been lent to the theatre company from a local fire department and Klimeck was not supervised because he had used the equipment before.

Klimeck was said to have got material from his clothes caught on the harness cord when he jumped from a ladder during the scene.

Janaina Carvalho, a member of the theatre group, explained: "I started talking to Tiago and asked him to help us to take the rope.

“When I realised he did not answer, I and other actors call for help.”

Local vendor Luiz Carlos Rosner told Brazilian broadcaster TV Record of the panic after Klimeck was found hanged.

"One of the actors came over to me, desperate, explaining there was someone unconscious hanging from the rope and that he wanted to cut it,” he said. “I was a little worried about giving him a knife in the middle of the crowd”.

Mr Klimeck was buried in Itarare, southern Brazil on Monday.

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Re: Brazilian actor playing Judas accidentally hangs himself
« Reply #1 on: Apr 25, 2012, 09:37 am »
I remember years ago in one of those Real Life caught on tape shows on Fox a man playing Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar nearly killing himself while hanging from...I wanna say they gave him airline cable or some ridiculous crap like that....Thankfully in that case the other actors realized it very quickly, and so did the crew. They were able to save him.

What a horrible story. I can't even imagine letting anyone perform an onstage hanging without having someone standing by to assist if something went wrong. It's just not worth it no matter how experienced you are.

No one should die for their art.


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