Is the viral news story about a child dying in Santa's arms true?

Facebook: Eric J. Schmitt-Matzen
(Last Updated On: December 17, 2016)

We have all seen the story on social media about a terminally ill boy dying in Santa’s arms but is it true?

Millions of people around the world have read the story of how a Santa impersonator Eric Schmitt-Matzen was called in as an emergency to see a boy who died in his arms.

We’ve seen the video of Schmitt-Matzen talking about the sad event.

So we know Santa isn’t real – could the story be as fake as him?

Knoxville News Sentinel who first published the story about Santa imporsonator Eric Schmitt-Matzen have since said that the story does not meet the newspapers standards of verification and they no longer stand by the veracity of Schmitt-Matzen’s account. They have retracted the story.

It’s reported that CNN called every hospital in the area and no one could back up the story.

Is this to protect privacy or is the story just that, a story?

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