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Actor Playing Judas Hangs Himself During Play

Brazilian dies after Good Friday accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 23, 2012 7:36 PM CDT
Actor Playing Judas Hangs Himself During Play
An actor playing Judas in Brazil hanged himself during the performance.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Brazilian actor playing Judas who accidentally hanged himself during a scene in "The Passion of Christ" has died. A hospital in Brazil's Sao Paulo state confirms on its website the death of 27-year-old Tiago Klimeck. An autopsy is being performed today following his death the previous day. The actor had been in a coma since the accident on Good Friday earlier this month in the city of Itarare.

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An investigator says Klimeck accidentally hanged himself during a scene in which his character Judas commits suicide. About four minutes passed before anyone noticed, believing he was playing his role. Police are examining the security apparatus that was meant to support Klimeck during the scene. It's unclear if any charges will be filed. (Read more Jesus Christ stories.)

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