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Man acting as King Balthazar in Epiphany parade in southern Spain dies when throne hits cable

EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. A boy wearing a crown watches the Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of the three kings) the day before Epiphany, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. It is a parade symbolizing the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem following the birth of Jesus. In Spain and many Latin American countries Epiphany is the day when gifts are exchanged. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. A boy wearing a crown watches the Cabalgata Los Reyes Magos (Cavalcade of the three kings) the day before Epiphany, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. It is a parade symbolizing the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem following the birth of Jesus. In Spain and many Latin American countries Epiphany is the day when gifts are exchanged. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say a man who was acting out the role of one of the Three Kings in an Epiphany parade has died after the throne he was riding in hit an overhead cable and overturned in southern Spain.

The 20-year-old whose identity has not been disclosed had been playing King Balthazar during Monday's parade in the town of Nijar when a cable caused his throne to topple off the chariot it had been placed on, mayor Antonio Jesus Rodriguez said.

The young man died of his injuries early Tuesday, Almeria's Torrecardenas hospital said.

Towns and cities across Spain hold parades every Jan. 5 to cheer — according to Christian tradition — the arrival of the Magi bearing gifts for the baby Jesus.