A prominent American lawyer and gay rights activist has died after setting himself on fire at a NY park to protest damage being done to the planet, according to United States media reports.
The remains of David Buckel, 60, were found by civilians passing through the NY park, and police say he was pronounced dead at around 6:30 a.m EST.
"Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result - my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves", Buckel added in the note.
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Buckel had a leading role in crucial same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa, while he served as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal - which is a national organization that fights for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
In his note, Buckel compared his macabre demise with the suicides of those who set themselves afire to protest China's occupation of Tibet. Image credit: Getty " Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help", expressed Mr. Buckel on his note, adding that donating to organizations was not enough.
David Buckel killed himself by lighting himself on fire Saturday in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
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Told Irena Ryjova, 44 who came past the 'mass" just after 7 am, an hour after Buckel burned himself, "It was just lying there, on its back, knees slightly bent like someone would lie on the sand at the beach'. His death was pronounced by the police at 6:30 a.m.
He argued against the Boy Scout ban on gay, fought for the right of gay high school students in Salt Lake City to organize a club and helped a Pennsylvania woman win a lawsuit allowing her to put "beloved life partner" on the headstone of her partner.
He was also a nationally renown pioneer in #CommunityComposting and one of my mentors. He was an urban gardener at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, running a large-scale composting operation. David Buckel, 60, was was "one of the architects of the freedom to marry and marriage equality movement", says a former colleague at Lambda Legal. And he spearheaded a federal case where a court ruled schools are obligated to prevent the bullying of gay students, Camilla Taylor, acting legal director at Lambda Legal, told the Times.
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