Thanksgiving Day Parade Horror: Tragedy As Clown, Robert Blasetti, and NYPD Employee, Charles Sutton, Die Of Heart Failure

By Staff Reporter on November 23, 2012 3:15 PM EST

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Two deaths occurred at the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Photo: Reuters)

The joy of the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade turned to one of horror when 67-year-old Robert Blasetti went into cardiac arrest while participating in the parade as a clown.

According to Radar Online, Blasetti was with his wife Irene, also dressed as a clown, when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at Sixth Avenue and West 39th St.

Witnesses at the scene told the New York Post that Blasetti's wife, who had been making balloon animals, had tried to revive her husband by administering CPR.

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"All of a sudden he collapsed and fell on his back," Tuvia Yamnick, an onlooker told the New York Post. "People came to him right away. It didn't look like he was breathing. People starting pumping his chest."

Robert Blasetti was rushed to Roosevelt hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Macy's spokesman Orlando Veras released a statement to the media following Blasetti's death:

"We are saddened to report that a marcher in the Macy's Parade suffered a medical emergency."

It is currently unknown whether Blasetti was an employee of the retail chain.

Heart failure also took another life at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Charless Sutton, a 58-year-old NYPD employee reportedly suffered a heart attack while attempting to remove a vehicle from the parade route at Sixth Avenue and West 57th. Like Blasetti, Sutton was taken to Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

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