News previously reported that 50-year-old Wynn Bruce passed away from injuries he suffered from lighting himself on fire before the Supreme Court in order to raise awareness about climate change.
It was reported by the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) that the 50 year old Wynn Bruce, from Boulder, Colorado, carried out the deed at around 6:30 p.m. the previous Friday. Police from the MPD, Supreme Court Police, as well as Capitol Police responded to the scene. After being transported to the local hospital by helicopter, Bruce was pronounced dead from his injuries.
According to Bruce's Facebook page, Bruce was a practicing Buddhist who was engaged in an act of self-immolation. After the tragic loss of his life, climate activists have been on social media to praise him as a hero for having committed a noble sacrifice for others.
“Climate activist Wynn Alan Bruce set himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court on Earth Day. He died from this act of self-immolation. Heed his warning. Take the climate crisis seriously. End fossil fuels,” tweeted Washington Congressional candidate Rebecca Parson.
“This guy was my friend. He meditated with our sangha. This act is not suicide. This is a deeply fearless act of compassion to bring attention to the climate crisis. We are piecing together info but he had been planning it for at least one year. #wynnbruce I am so moved,” tweeted Dr. Kritee K, an environmental scientist, Zen Buddhist priest, and senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).