Man who lit himself on fire near Trump trial dies

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A guy has passed away after setting himself on fire outside the Manhattan court housing former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial.

Maxwell Azzarello, 37, threw conspiracy-theory papers into the air after dousing himself in a liquid.

It took place right after the jury selection process for Mr. Trump’s trial was over.

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His health was critical when he was brought to the hospital on Friday, and CBS News, the BBC’s US partner, confirmed his death.

Despite having a security detail, Mr Trump was in the premises for jury selection, but he departed during the incident.

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According to NBC, New York City police announced early on Saturday that hospital personnel had pronounced Mr. Azzarello deceased.

Emergency officials stated that the event on Friday did not involve a breach of court security. Later in the afternoon, the case was taken up again; alternate jury selection had just finished. On Monday, the opening statements are anticipated to start.

At about 13:30 local time (18:30 BMT), according to investigators, they received a 911 emergency call reporting that a man had set himself on fire.

Man who lit himself on fire near Trump trial dies
Maxwell Azzarello holds a sign outside the Manhattan court on Thursday

They recognised him as 37-year-old Maxwell Azzarello, who had been to New York from his Florida residence at some point during the previous week. He was not known to his Florida-based relatives for having visited the city, and he had no criminal record in New York.

Mr. Azzarello was observed “shuffling around” in the park, according to New York Police Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, before reaching into a bag for the combustible liquid and leaflets.

Chief Maddrey described the booklets as “propaganda-based” and noted that they discussed a “conspiracy theory”.

Because of the trial, there was a heavy police presence outside the courtroom. Officers hurried into the park and began yelling for a fire extinguisher. Mr. Azzarello’s severely charred body was taken away on a stretcher. He was rushed to a hospital burn centre in critical condition, according to the police.

As seen Reporters were told by Julie Berman that “it didn’t make a lot of sense, and it was hot.” It took me about 20 seconds to understand what was going on because the entire event happened so quickly.”

Subsequently, NYPD detectives were observed gathering the flyers that Mr. Azzarello had dispersed prior to his suicide. They consider the neighbourhood to be secure.

He didn’t seem to say anything before putting himself on fire, according to investigators who are currently questioning witnesses.

After assisting in putting out the fire, three NYPD policemen and one court officer suffered minor injuries.

Security outside the court will now be reevaluated, according to officials.

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