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Published by DailyMail
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.

It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:

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.’

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 reportedly lived near the park and worked in composting groups for local projects. He was also a lawyer who campaigned for gay rights.

In the following video, from 2008, Buckel discusses a UPS case, where UPS had granted same-sex benefits in Massachusetts but not in New Jersey.