A prominent gay rights activist set himself on fire in a protest suicide in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in the early hours of Saturday morning.
David Buckel, 60, was found in the park at 6.30am on Saturday before hundreds descended on it to enjoy the warm Spring weather.
He left a note in a bag for police which read: ‘My name is David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide.
‘I apologize to you for the mess.’
The note was left in an envelope labeled ‘for the police’.
He was protesting over climate change, his note read, and the dramatic method was intended as a metaphor for how fossil fuels are destroying the planet.
Buckel lived near the park and was an avid community leader.
He worked in composting groups for local projects and was also a lawyer who campaigned for gay rights.
The note, according to The New York Daily News, said: ‘My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.
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Source: Daily Mail