A man who set himself on fire at a national park near the White House has died, United States Park Police said.

Officials identified the man as Arnav Gupta, 33, of Bethesda, Maryland.

Gupta died late Wednesday after reportedly lighting himself on fire on the Ellipse. The incident occurred at about 12:20 p.m. near 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.

He was hospitalized in critical condition.


Earlier Wednesday, authorities in Montgomery County had issued a missing person’s alert for Gupta, saying his family was concerned for his “physical and emotional welfare.”

Authorities are trying to identify the accelerant that was used and determine whether a car belonging to Gupta was parked in the area.

D.C. police have taken over the investigation. Park Police initially assumed jurisdiction because the Ellipse is a national park.

In April, authorities said a man riding a motorized wheelchair set his jacket on fire outside the White House. He was not critically injured and was involuntarily committed for psychiatric help.

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