Colorado man dies after setting himself on fire outside Supreme Court

A Colorado man who set himself on fire outside the Supreme Court on Earth Day has died from his injuries, police said.

In an incident report, Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) stated that 50-year-old Wynn Bruce from Boulder, Colorado, carried out the act around 6:05 p.m. Friday, the Tray noted. The MPD, the Supreme Court Police and the Capitol Police responded on the spot. After being transported to a local hospital by helicopter, Bruce died of his injuries.

“A Facebook page belonging to a person named Wynn Bruce said he was a Buddhist and climate activist,” New York Post reported.

“In 2020, Bruce left a cryptic Facebook comment that included a brand emoji and the date of his death, 22/4/2022,” according to the business.

Dr. Kritee K., a Zen Buddhist pastor and senior researcher at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), said in a tweet that she was Bruce’s friend, adding that he planned to burn himself for some time:

This guy was my friend. He meditated with our sangha. This act is not suicide. This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to draw attention to the climate crisis. We gather information, but he had been planning it for at least a year. #wynnbruce I’m so moved.

In May 2019, 33-year-old Arnav Gupta of Bethesda, Maryland, set himself on fire in Ellipse Park near the White House and Washington Monument, CNBC reported. He succumbed to his injuries later that evening. On November 2, 1965, Baltimore Quaker Norman Morrison, 33, self-burned outside the Pentagon in protest of the Vietnam War, the Baltimore Sun reported. He held his infant daughter Emily before releasing her at the last minute. She was unharmed.

Several years before Morrison set himself on fire outside the Pentagon, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc poured himself into gasoline and burned himself in Saigon, Vietnam, on June 11, 1963, Brittanica noted. The movement was in protest of Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s ​​policy towards Buddhists.

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