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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Actor cuts throat on Vienna's Burgtheater

11 December 2008-Daniel Hoevels, an actor narrowly escaped death after slashing his throat on stage with a real knife, instead of a blunt stage-prop blade. The real-life drama during a performance of Friedrich Schiller's play Mary Stuart, about Mary Queen of Scots. The actor used what he thought was a blunt prop weapon and was rushed to hospital with a deep slice to his throat which fortunately missed his main artery. The audience thinking it was a stunning special effect applauded but only to realise something was wrong when the actor staggered off stage to receive treatment. Austrian police launched an investigation and have not ruled out the possibility of foul play. The show goes on the following night although with a bandage around his neck.

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