Prominent LGBT rights lawyer dies after setting himself on fire

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During Saturday morning's suicide, the famed 60 year old attorney left behind a suicide note in which Buckel told of his intention of burning himself to death with "fossil fuel" in a bid to show how mankind was likewise killing itself.

Buckel had also reportedly sent the note to multiple news outlets, including The New York Times, warning that people were dying early deaths as a result of breathing in bad air.

Mr Buckel was the lead lawyer in a case in which police in Nebraska were found to have failed to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender teen who had been raped and assaulted and was later murdered in the state of Nebraska. Hilary Swank, who starred in the film, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Teena. "I apologize to you for the mess", the note reportedly read.

"My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves", he said.

He left the note in a manila envelope marked "To The Police", recovered from inside a black metal pushcart he discarded at the scene. "We will honor his life by continuing his fight for a better world". "Honorable goal in life invites honorable objective in death", Buckel wrote in the email to the Times.

LGBT lawyer David Buckel set himself on fire as a sign of protest.

"The news of David's death is heartbreaking", Taylor said.

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"A life of privilege requires actions to balance the harm caused, and the greater the privilege, the greater the responsibility", Buckel added.

"Here is a hope that giving a life might bring some attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others give a voice to our home, and Earth is heard".

By the time firefighters got there, his entire body had been burned, FDNY officials said.

"We were a little freaked out", said a jogger who stumbled across the gruesome remains before the victim's body was covered with a tarp by first responders.

As a proponent of community composting Buckel worked at the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm and served as senior Organics Recovery Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project. He argued in many landmark cases involving LGBTQ youth, including a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its former ban on gay members.

He also helped a Pennsylvania woman win a lawsuit allowing her to place the epitaph "beloved life partner" on the headstone of her gay partner.