Santa Claus Keeps Dying

We’ve touched before on the theme of the death of Santa Claus, such as the metaphorical death of Santa portrayed in an ad, or a man who had changed his name to Santa finally giving up the ghost.

However, there’s another recurring weird news theme in which Santa Claus literally drops dead, often in front of a crowd of horrified children. What happens is that if you take a guy who’s out of shape and overweight, dress him up in a hot costume, and make him do an unaccustomed level of exertion, the odds of him collapsing from a medical condition increase dramatically. Although Santas have also perished from non-medical causes (beard catching on fire, helicopter crash).

Fort Wayne Daily News – Dec 26, 1898

Belvidere Daily Republican – Dec 23, 1912

Taylor Daily Press – Dec 27, 1920

Indianapolis Star – Dec 24, 1922

San Bernardino County Sun – Dec 19, 1932

Oakland Tribune – Dec 13, 1925

Carbondale Daily Free Press – Dec 26, 1925

Hammond Times – Dec 19, 1937

Abilene Reporter-News – Dec 23, 1945

Rushville Republican – Dec 11, 1967

Louisville Courier-Journal – Dec 7, 1983

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