'Santa Claus' has passed away.

Yep. His legal name was Santa A. Claus. His time of death on August 27th --- 12:25 -- the date of Christmas.

According to his obituary, Santa was a volunteer firefighter for 27 years and was also in the Navy --- when he wasn't busy during the holiday season putting smiles on thousands of children's faces for decades at area shopping malls in the Eastern United States.

Mr. Claus is survived by his wife of 58 years, Delores Claus, their two daughters; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

Santa even had his own website, which has been updated with news of his death. He was 80-years-old.