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Man who set self on fire in St Peter's Square dies in hospital

Published on Dec 22, 2013 11:21 PM

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - A 51-year-old man who set himself alight in St Peter's Square in Vatican City earlier this week died of his injuries in hospital on Sunday, local media said.

The man was rushed to Rome's Sant'Eugenio hospital with third-degree burns over his upper body on Thursday after he poured petrol over himself and set fire to his clothes with a lighter, in shocking footage caught on closed-circuit television.

A Jesuit priest at the scene threw his coat over the man before two public security officers were able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

Police said the man left a note on the ground nearby with his daughter's phone number.

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