By | August 23, 2020
Fred Parker Death : 7th Ward Santa, Chocolate Santa Fred Parker dead - tribute death-obituary

Fred Parker Dead : 7th Ward Santa, Chocolate Santa Fred Parker cause of Death – obituary – tribute

  • Date of death: August 22, 2020
  • Age: year old
  • Cause of death: died after a battle with lung cancer

How did Fred Parker die?

Fred Parker, the man known as “Seventh Ward Santa” or “Chocolate Santa,” whose warmth and holiday spirit lives on in the thousands of photographs he posed for with generations of Black New Orleanians at Christmas, has died.

A family member confirmed Parker’s death Saturday to Eyewitness News. Health problems kept Parker from portraying Santa last Christmas but details of his death were not immediately known.

Fred Parker Obituary, funeral arrangement, any GoFundMe page

The family are yet to make public the obituary and funeral arrangements.

We are unable to confirm if a GoFundMe page has been created by the family/friends of the deceased.

This post will be updated with more information as they are made available and public.

Fred Parker tributes

Family, friends and loved ones of the deceased have taken to their social media pages to share tributes, kind words and prayer.

Charisse Gibson wrote;

If you grew up in New Orleans, you knew who Santa Claus REALLY was and you knew he was from the 7th wd. I’ve, unfortunately, confirmed with a family member Mr. Fred Parker has passed away. Thank you for the precious memories and for being a true reflection of the community.

blacknolanews wrote;

May NOLA’s beloved #blacksanta rest peacefully. Fred Parker has been a true legend for the black New Orleans community. His smile and electric presence will be dearly missed

Zandashé L’orelia Brown wrote;

Rest In Peace Fred Parker, “7th Ward Santa,” “Chocolate Santa.” Whole generations of families have taken pictures with this man. Wish I could find mine. Heart suit

NOIR ‘N NOLA wrote;

Santa Claus is a Black man & he from out the 7. What a loss for the culture—the generations of Black New Orleans children that had their photo taken with the *real* Santa & for all of those that now, never will. Asè Mr. Fred Parker, we will never forget you! #7thWardSanta

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