Robert Blasetti, 67, was reportedly with his wife, Irene, who desperately tried to revive him by administering CPR. A civilian NYPD worker also died at the parade.
A 67-year-old man dressed as a clown went into cardiac arrest and died in front of throngs of horrified spectators at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, the New York Post reported.
Robert Blasetti, 67, was reportedly with his wife, Irene, who desperately tried to revive him by administering CPR, the paper reported.
The tragedy happened as the couple were making balloon animals at Sixth Avenue and West 39th St. in Manhattan.
“All of a sudden he collapsed and fell on his back. People came to him right away. It didn’t look like he was breathing. People started pumping his chest,’’ witness Tuvia Yamnik told the Post. There were conflicting reports about how long it took an ambulance to get through the clogged streets to Blasetti.
Meanwhile, a civilian NYPD worker also suffered a fatal heart attack at the parade, according to the Post.
Charles Sutton, 58, collapsed as he hooked up a car to be towed off the parade route at West 57th Street and Sixth Avenue.
He and Blasetti were both pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital.