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