Young man 'accidentally strangled himself while playing Judas in Easter performance'

Sean Morrison
The incident reportedly happened during an Easter passion performance in Mexico: Shutterstock / Thoom

The death of a young man who accidentally strangled himself while playing Judas in an Easter stage performance in Mexico is being investigated.

Horrified audience members are said to have scrambled to revive him after he slipped off a plinth while during the scene he prepared to be hanged during the crucifixion scene.

But despite their efforts, the 23-year-old died in an ambulance as he was being rushed to hospital, The State Attorney General’s Office of Justice of Michoacán told local media.

The tragedy happened in the district of Barranquillas in Tancitaro, where the Easter passion play, known as the Viacrucis de Jesús, was being performed.

According to reports, witnesses say the man lost his balance before slipping, which caused him to be suspended.

A full police investigation has now been launched.

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