Man who set self on fire was mentally ill: Family
MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey (AP) - The death of a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall was the result of his long fight with mental illness, not a political statement, his family said.
Mr John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, poured the contents of a canister of gasoline on himself in the centre portion of the mall on Friday afternoon, police said. He then set himself ablaze, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help put out the flames.
Police had said Mr Constantino was conscious and breathing at the scene, but he died later that night at a Washington hospital.
"John Constantino was a loving father and husband. His death was not a political act or statement, but the result of his long battle with mental illness," his family said in a statement issued through lawyer Jeffrey Cox.