Tiago Klimeck Dead: Brazilian Actor Accidentally Hangs Self During Easter Passion Play

04/23/2012 01:48 pm ET

A Brazilian actor has died 17 days after he accidentally hanged himself while re-enacting the death of Judas Iscariot for an Easter Passion play.

Tiago Klimeck, 27, was left hanging for four minutes before his fellow cast members realized something was wrong and intervened, according to The Telegraph.

Klimeck was supposed to mimic Judas Iscariot committing suicide after betraying Jesus as part of the production. However, The Daily Mail reports the safety vest the actor was wearing under his robe is believed to have risen up across his neck, thus strangling Klimeck.

The actor was taken to hospital suffering from cerebral hypoxia and died on Sunday.

BBC News reports Brazilian police are investigating the apparatus that was meant to support Klimeck. It appears the knot may have been tied incorrectly.

A hospital in Brazil's Sao Paulo state confirms on its website the death of 27-year-old Klimeck. An autopsy is being performed Monday, according to Fox News.

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