A climate campaigner has died after suffering catastrophic injuries when he set himself on fire outside the Supreme Court.
Photojournalist Wynn Bruce, from Boulder, Colorado, sustained injuries after he protested on the steps of the court plaza in Washington DC in the evening of Earth Day.
The Buddhist, 50, carried out the act of self-immolation after referencing to a fire that took place on the same days years ago in a chilling social media post.
He was airlifted to the hospital where he was pronounced dead the following day on Saturday, April 23.
The activist was airlifted to a hospital where police said he died on Saturday from his injuries, reports the Evening Standard.
His friends claim that the demonstration was not suicide but a “fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis."
However, the Supreme Court Police confirmed that they are still investigating the man’s motive.
It has been reported that no one else was injured during the blaze.
Dr. K. Kritee, a Buddhist priest from Boulder, said she knew Bruce and claimed he had been organising his death for at least a year.
“This guy was my friend. He meditated with our sangha [Buddhist community],” she said.
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“This act is not suicide. This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to climate crisis.
"We are piecing together info but he had been planning it for at least one year.”
The theory was supported by a threatening Facebook comment that Mr Bruce had written in 2020 that featured a fire emoji and the same date of his death, 4/22/2022.
Earth Day, which takes place annually on April 22, is a day dedicated to celebrating and protecting the environment.
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