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Environmental advocate dies after setting himself on fire in NY park

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NEW YORK -- A prominent gay rights lawyer has died after setting himself on fire in a New York park to protest pollution and the use of fossil fuels, local media reported late Saturday.

The body of David Buckel was found in Brooklyn's Prospect Park early Saturday. He left a note in a nearby shopping cart that he also emailed to several news outlets including The New York Times, the paper reported.

"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather," he wrote in the email sent to the Times.

"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," the email continued.

Police confirmed to dpa that the body of a 60-year-old man had been found in the park after he set himself on fire but could not confirm the contents of the note.

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