An Italian actor has been declared brain dead after being strangled on stage when a hanging scene went wrong in the central region of Tuscany, a judicial source said on Friday.
The Teatro Lux in Pisa said in a statement it was closing for 10 days because “following the unthinkable tragedy … we think it right to suspend all our activities, including shows.”
Raphael Schumacher, a 27-year-old from northern Italy, had been performing a monolog on adolescent existential unhappiness that ended with a scene of simulated suicide by hanging, local media reported.
The incident occurred during a private performance on Jan. 30, the source said.
Schumacher clinically died on Thursday at the University Hospital of Pisa, where he had been lying in a coma since the incident last weekend, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police are investigating four people who work for the company that runs the theater for possible manslaughter, the source said.