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

Facebook: Eric J. Schmitt-Matzen

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.

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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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