Max Azzarello, man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial, dies

    Police had earlier said the Florida man was being viewed as ‘sort of a conspiracy theorist’.

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    A man who set himself on fire outside the New York court where former United States President Donald Trump is on trial has died after suffering serious injuries, police said.

    On Saturday, the New York City police department said the man, identified as Max Azzarello of St Augustine, Florida, was declared dead at a local hospital where he was taken for treatment after the incident on Friday.

    Police said the man, who was born in 1987, did not appear to be targeting Trump or others involved in the trial.

    During the incident, which took place on Friday, Azzarello threw pamphlets in the air before using an alcohol-based cleaning substance to douse himself and light the fire.

    Police had said earlier that he was being viewed “as sort of a conspiracy theorist”.

    Many police officers were present at the scene on Friday as part of the extensive security precautions to ensure the safety of the trial.

    Journalists from across the world were also waiting outside the court, and some were live on air when Azzarello self-immolated.


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