Man who set himself on fire in St. Peter's Square dies of injuries

Dec. 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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VATICAN CITY, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A 51-year-old man who set himself on fire in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square died of his injuries, officials said.

The man, whose name has not been reported, doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire Thursday morning, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

A Jesuit priest first tried to save the man. Two police officers arrived at the scene soon after and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.

The man died Sunday after sustaining third-degree burns to 50 percent of his body.

ANSA said he had undergone health and family problems.

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