Man Who Set Himself on Fire Outside Trump Trial Dies

The man who set himself on fire outside the New York City courthouse where former President Donald Trump is on trial has died, authorities reported.

37-year-old Max Azzarello, was reportedly declared deceased by staff at a hospital Friday night.

According to NYPD Chief of Department James Maddrey, Azzarello had walked into Collect Pond Park in Lower Manhattan early in the afternoon Friday, opened a bookbag, and threw pamphlets containing conspiracy theories into the air.

A witness told Nexstar’s WPIX they were standing next to him when he poured a flammable liquid on himself, told her to get back, and then lit himself on fire. 

The witness said he was discussing political concepts before the incident.

In a previously written manifesto, Azzarello identified himself as an investigative researcher and said he set himself on fire to “draw attention to an urgent and important discovery.”