A U.S. climate activist has died after lighting his own fire in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington.

In an incident report the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C., said that Wynn Bruce of Boulders, Colorado, 50, committed the killing at about 6.05pm on Friday, said Hill.

Wynn Bruce of Boulder, Colorado, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington reported.

The MPD, the Supreme Court police department and Capitol Police all responded to the incident.

Bruce, 50, had recently edited a post on his Facebook page in which he added the date April 22 plus a fire emoji.

In an apparent imitation of the monks who burnt themselves in protest during the Vietnam war, Bruce set fire to his Facebook page in honor of the death in January of Thich Nhat Hanh, an influential Zen Buddhist master and anti-war campaigner.

On Sunday, Boulder-based climate scientist Kritee Kanko, a Zen Buddhist priest, said Bruce was a friend and member of her Buddhist community that had planned to burn themselves to death ‘at least one year’.

Self-immolation of Wynn Bruce

On April 22, 2022, Wynn Alan Bruce set himself on fire in the plaza of the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. The fatal self-immolation, which took place on Earth Day, (wikipedia)