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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

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Terminally Ill 5-Year-Old Dies In Santa Claus' Arms — Read The Saddest Christmas Story

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So incredibly heartbreaking.

One terminally-ill boy got his final Christmas wish of seeing Santa Claus — just moments before passing away.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen (pictured above) plays Santa at over 80 different gigs every holiday season, but one 5-year-old boy at a Tennessee hospital changed his life forever.

Weeks ago, the mechanical engineer had just gotten home from work when he received an urgent phone call from a nurse who worked at a hospital where Schmitt-Matzen frequently spreads holiday cheer.

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The 60-year-old was told there was a "very sick 5-year-old boy" who wanted to see Santa — and he didn't have much time left.

Fifteen minutes later, Schmitt-Matzen arrived in his Santa suspenders. The boy's mother held out a toy from the children's show PAW Patrol, and asked him to give it to her son.

The Santa impersonator told the Knoxville News Sentinel he saw the boy in the Intensive Care Unit, recounting:

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