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Santa Actor Who Claimed A Terminally Ill Child Died In His Arms May Have Made Up The Entire Story! Get The Shocking Update!

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It's looking like a certain Santa actor might be on the naughty list after all…

Last week, a Tennessee newspaper reported a heart-wrenching story about a boy who died on Santa's lap — complete with his final, tear-jerking words.

But it seems as though the entire depressing Christmas tale may have been fiction, as the publican said it can no longer vouch for the story's credibility!

On Wednesday, the News Sentinel said it cannot verify the account by Eric Schmitt-Matzen, a Campbell County Santa Claus actor who said a terminally ill child died in his arms.

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The story quickly went viral, with many news outlets interviewing the 60-year-old mechanical engineer, who regularly drops by a local hospital during the holidays to play Santa Claus.

Schmitt-Matzen spoke in depth about his encounter with the unnamed 5-year-old boy, telling press he arrived at the unidentified hospital and met the boy's mother and family members — who also remain identified — after a nurse called him with a special request to see the dying boy.

However, the Sentinel said on Wednesday it could not verify the Santa impersonator's account, which included sentimental dialogue seemingly ripped from a scene of a Hallmark movie.

The paper stated in a report:

"Since publication, the News Sentinel has done additional investigation in an attempt to independently verify Schmitt-Matzen's account. This has proven unsuccessful. Although facts about his background have checked out, his story of bringing a gift to a dying child remains unverified. The News Sentinel cannot establish that Schmitt-Matzen's account is inaccurate, but more importantly, ongoing reporting cannot establish that it is accurate."

The Sentinel notes the story came to them through "a known source," and Schmitt-Matzen initially told them he "promised to protect the identities of the child's family and the nurse who summoned him to the hospital bedside."

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Since the story was first reported, the Santa actor has stood by his account — and while his account isn't proven to be inaccurate, the publication cannot establish that it IS accurate either.

Though a dying child's last words would be a pretty horrible tale to make up, this would be the first viral story we actually hope DOES turn out to be a hoax.

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