RENO (CBS/AP) — The death of a 41-year-old man who ran into the flames during the burning of a towering wooden effigy at the Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada in September has been ruled a suicide.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported on its website Friday that the Sacramento County coroner’s office officially ruled Aaron Mitchell’s death a suicide. The coroner listed his cause of death as cardiac arrest, bodily shock and third-degree burns over 97 percent of his body.
Mitchell died hours after he pushed past two layers of security and into the flames on Sept. 2 at the festival in the Black Rock Desert 90 miles north of Reno.
Mitchell was originally from McAlester, Oklahoma but had been living in Switzerland with his wife, Ladina.
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