Actor declared ‘clinically dead’ after hanging himself onstage during play

Raphael Schumacher, 27, was rushed to hospital in Pisa, Italy

An actor who was in a coma following a hanging scene during a theatre production in Italy has been declared ‘clinically dead’.

Raphael Schumacher, 27, was appearing in a production of an experimental play called Mirages last weekend at the Teatro Lux in Pisa, a city in the Italian region of Tuscany.

He was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious hanging from a noose by an audience member in the theatre courtyard. The immersive performance had been staged in different parts of the theatre.

Following the incident, there had been speculation that Schumacher intentionally attempted to take his own life. The actor’s mother has denied these claims, saying: “My son recently lost his father and had ended a relationship but had found his serenity again”.

The BBC reports that after a six-hour procedure he was established brain death on Thursday.

A statement from the hospital reads: “The family and the prosecutor’s office have both authorised that his organs be donated, but their removal will be subject to a medical assessment to be performed in the course of the night.”

The theatre’s art director, Gabriele De Luca, has told the Daily Mail: “We are shocked. No one, not even us, understands how this happened and it will be up to the police to shed light on it.”

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.