A St. John's man died after collapsing at provincial court on Tuesday.

ii-bob-buckingham-20120914

Lawyer Bob Buckingham says his longtime client played Santa at his office parties. (CBC)

The man, in his early fifties, fell down outside the courtroom just before 9 am.

His lawyer believes he had a heart attack and may have died before paramedics took him to hospital. 

Bob Buckingham says his long-time client, who played Santa at his law office Christmas party for several years, was a "gentleman and a gentle man."

Originally from Halifax, the deceased was a longtime resident of St. John's and is survived by two children.