Environmental advocate dies after setting himself on fire in New York

Suspended law student refutes college's charge

"My name is David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide..."

After his lengthy legal career, Mr Buckel became deeply involved in environmental causes.

Mr Buckel was the lead attorney in a case involving Brandon Teena, a transgender man murdered in the USA state of Nebraska.

"Many humans about the planet now breathe air made sterile by fossil fuels, and lots of them perish early deaths as a effect", Buckel composed in his view, that he delivered to the newest York occasions.

In a suicide note left near his body, Buckel said he had used "fossil fuel" to ignite the fire and wanted his death to symbolize what humans are doing to Earth, the New York Daily News reported.

"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather", he wrote in an email, according to the Times. Image credit: Getty " Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help", expressed Mr. Buckel on his note, adding that donating to organizations was not enough.

Teena was later portrayed by Hilary Swank in the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry.

Buckel, a graduate of Cornell Law School, fought for marriage equality through his work as an attorney with LGBT civil rights organization Lambda Legal.

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"A lifetime of service may best be preserved by giving a life..."

David Buckel's body was found in a New York City park with an apparent suicide note in a nearby shopping cart.

Buckel set himself on fire with fossil fuels. Police said he was pronounced dead at about 6:30 a.m.

He added, "all-purpose objective in existence invites intention in passing".

Some of his other more prolific cases include arguing against the Boys Scouts of America's ban on homosexual members, fighting for the creation of an LGBTQ club at a high school in Utah and helping a Pennsylvania woman win a lawsuit over being allowed to put "beloved life partner" as an epitaph over her deceased partner.

Camilla Taylor, acting legal director at Lambda Legal, Mr Buckel's former employer, described him as a "brilliant legal visionary".

He was an attorney in Lewis v. Harris, in which the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 2006 that same-sex couples be provided all the benefits and responsibility of marriage, Lambda Legal said. "He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory".

"This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice", she said in a statement.

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