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Gay rights lawyer immolates self in NYC in ecology protest

AP  |  New York 

A well-known burned himself to death in today in a grisly protest against ecological destruction.

The charred remains of 60-year-old were found by passers-by in Brooklyn's Police said he was pronounced dead at about 6:30 a.m (local time).

reports that Buckel left a suicide note in a shopping cart near his body that said he hoped his death was "honourable" and "might serve others."

said it received an emailed copy of the note, which also said, "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves."

Buckel was the lead in in a lawsuit involving Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in

won an for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie "" Buckel also served as at Lambda Legal, a national organisation that fights for LGBT rights, where he was the behind same-sex marriage cases in and

Susan Sommer, a former who is now the for the in New York City, told that Buckel "was all about justice, but he was also all about what it means to be human." Sommer added, "He was a very He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 07:40 IST