Student dies during Good Friday play – audience thought it was an act

Student, 25, dies while performing in reenactment of Jesus’s crucifixion – with audience members thinking it was ‘part of the drama’

  • Sule Ambrose, 25, died during a Good Friday reenactment of Jesus’ crucifixion
  • ‘When it happened we thought it was a joke and part of the drama’, a witness said
  • Ambrose was training to be a priest. He slumped and began bleeding during play
  • The cause of Sule’s sudden death remains entirely unknown, the seminary said 

A university student died while acting in a recreation of Jesus’s crucifixion – and onlookers thought it was part of the act.

Sule Ambrose, 25, was training to be a priest at the Clariantian University seminary in Nekede, south eastern Nigeria.

Ambrose took the part of Simon Peter, Jesus’s most important Disciple, dressing up in a long white toga for the Good Friday reenactment.

But he slumped on the ground during the performance and began bleeding. 

Onlookers thought it was part of the reenactment, local media reported. 

Sule Ambrose, 25 (pictured centre right), played Simon Peter in the crucifixion reenactment

Sule (pictured outside the seminary in social media photos) wanted to become a priest

Eyewitness Micheal Eluwa told Vanguard: ‘Initially when it happened we thought it was a joke, and that it was part of the drama. 

‘It was when he could not get up that was when we knew it was a serious matter and he was rushed to a school hospital. 

‘Later, when the case became worse, he was taken to a nearly Federal Medical Center. It was from there we heard he could not survive it.’

Ambrose (pictured under the green line) acts out the Last Supper during the Good Friday play

Sule was remembered in a Facebook post by the National Association of Philosophy Students

The cause of Ambrose’s death remains entirely unknown, the seminary confirmed. 

News of his tragic death follows suggestions by a leading scholar that Jesus died after dislocating his shoulder carrying the cross.

Retired neurologist Patrick Pullicino said Jesus died of complexities related to his shoulder wound, rather than anything else.

The Rev. Prof Pullicino has written a scientific paper about his theory and published it in the Catholic Medical Quarterly.

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