According to U.S. Park Police, a Maryland man who set himself on fire Wednesday afternoon on the Ellipse near the White House has died.
Officials identified the man as Arnav Gupta, 33, of Bethesda. His family had reported him missing on Wednesday morning, and authorities put out a notice asking for the public’s help in finding him.
The incident occurred about 12:20 p.m, and the man was immediately taken to a hospital in critical condition. On Thursday morning, Park Police officials said he had died.
Montgomery County Police said the family was “concerned for Gupta’s physical and emotional welfare.”
A 17-year-old girl saw part of the incident and captured it on video. She sent it to her father, who posted it on Twitter.
In an interview, the girl’s father, Krisjan Berzins, said that his daughter saw “Secret Service agents running toward him trying to extinguish the fire.”