Man who lit himself on fire outside the White House dies of his injuries

The U.S. Secret Service has confirmed that a man lit himself on fire Wednesday afternoon outside the White House. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

A man who set himself on fire near the White House has died of his injuries, the U.S. Park Police said on Thursday.

The man set himself on fire on the Ellipse, an area popular with tourists between the White House and the Washington Monument, on Wednesday, authorities said.

The man, who was identified as Arnav Gupta, was taken to the hospital and died later that night, the Park Police said.

The investigation was being turned over to the Metropolitan Police Department, the Park Police said. A representative for the MPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was the second such incident in two months, when a man in an electric mobility scooter was hospitalized after he lit his jacket on fire outside the White House fence.

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