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Robert Blasetti Dead: Clown Collapses, Dies During Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade In NYC

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ROBERT BLASETTI DEAD
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Emergency services rush to attend to a man dressed as a clown who collapsed during the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. Macy's donated tickets and transportation to this year's Thanksgiving Day Parade to 5,000 people from neighborhoods hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images) | Getty Images

NEW YORK — A clown suffered a fatal collapse in front of spectators at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Sixty-seven-year-old Robert Blasetti went into cardiac arrest as he made balloon animals at Sixth Avenue and West 39th Street on Thursday. 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.

Also, a civilian New York Police Department worker also became fatally ill during the parade. He suffered an apparent 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.