Italian Actor Declared Clinically Dead After Accidentally Hanging Himself During Play Performance

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Italian actor Raphael Schumacher was declared clinically dead on Thursday, days after accidentally strangling himself during the performance of a play in Pisa.

The 27-year-old performer had been in a coma since Saturday, when a hanging scene in the experimental production “Mirages” at the Teatro Lux went horribly wrong, according to CNN.

A medical student observing the performance noticed that Schumacher was trembling during the hanging scene and intervened, removing the mask from his face and loosening the noose around his neck. He was taken to a local hospital.

On Thursday, Pisa Today reported that doctors had declared him clinically dead since he was not responding to treatment.

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SOURCE: TheWrap, Thom Geier