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The Burning Man victim who rushed into flames

Headlong: Aaron Mitchell dodges security and runs into fire PICTURE: REUTERS

A FESTIVALGOER who died after running into the flames of a giant wooden effigy was a married 41-year-old.

Aaron Mitchell, a Swiss-based American, broke through security cordons as a crowd of around 50,000 watched the ceremony at the Burning Man festival on Saturday. He was pulled out by firefighters but suffered fatal burns.

Fatal burns: Mr Mitchell, 41

‘We don’t know if it was intentional or if it was induced by drugs,’ said sheriff Jerry Allen of Pershing county, Nevada.

He said Mr Mitchell had not been drinking but a toxicology report is pending. He added that people try to run into the fire ‘as part of their spiritual portion of Burning Man’. ‘It’s just kind of a rebirth,’ he said.