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Thanksgiving tragedy: Two people die during Macy's Parade

BY BOB HOLT

parade_optThe joy of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was tempered when two men died from fatal heart experiences.

Sixty-seven year old Robert Blasetti was in a clown outfit making balloon animals on Sixth Avenue and West 39th Street when he suddenly collapsed and fell, going into cardiac arrest.

According to Newser, a witness said, "All of a sudden he collapsed and fell on his back. It didn't look like he was breathing. People came right away and started pumping his chest."

Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras said the company was "saddened to report" that a parade marcher had suffered a medical emergency, according to Fox News.

Veras did not say whether Blasetti worked for Macy’s.

Meanwhile, according to the New York Post, 58-year old NYPD worker Charles Sutton appeared to suffer a heart attack while he was hooking up a vehicle to be towed off the parade route at West 57th Street and Sixth Avenue and was taken to Roosevelt Hospital.

Sutton was pronounced dead at the hospital later.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was the biggest event to be held in New York City since it received tremendous damage from Hurricane Sandy, and brought some badly needed relief to the area.

Holiday Blog reported that parade executive producer Amy Kule said, “We hope the Macy's Parade serves as a beacon of hope for all who tune in and gather with friends and family to give thanks this season, as they continue to heal from the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy."

 

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