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Man Who Torched Burning Man Dies In BART Accident

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A San Francisco man who was once convicted for illegally torching the Burning Man effigy has died after jumping in front of a Bay Area Rapid Transit train.

The Medical Examiner’s office said Tuesday that 42-year-old Paul Addis was found underneath a Daly-City bound train at the Embarcadero station Saturday night.

BART officials said train service was disrupted for nearly four hours.

Addis was known as a performance artist who spent two years in a Nevada prison for illegally torching the 40-foot signature effigy at the counterculture Burning Man festival in 2007.

The next year Addis pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts related to an alleged arson attempt at San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral in 2007.

He was sentenced to three years of probation in that incident.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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