Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell reported that Larry Harvey died at a San Francisco hospital, after receiving medical treatment since suffering a stroke 3 weeks ago. Less than a week later, on April 4th, Lee Harvey suffered the massive stroke that would eventually claim his life.
In 1986, Harvey made a Burning Man on a San Francisco beach, later moving the annual event to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
"Burning Man culture has lost a great leader and an inspiring mind", she said in a written statement.
Longtime friend Stuart Mangrum posted on the organization's website that Harvey did not believe in "any sort of existence" after death. "Now that he's gone, let's take the liberty of contradicting him, and keep his memory alive in our hearts, our thoughts, and our actions". We resolutely held out for a miracle.
These days, tens of thousands of people attend the event in the desert.
After the celebration ended, a towering wooden effigy is burned to the ground.
Larry Harvey, co-founder of the Burning Man festival, is seen during a 2011 party at Media Mecca, the communications center during the festival in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada.
"I called a friend and said, "Let's go to the beach and burn a man", he told the website Green Living". Hence the name Burning Man.
Harvey remained president of the Burning Man's board as well as "chief philosophic officer" and was heavily involved in the planning of every year's Burning Man festival until the time of his death.
"Unlike art festivals of the past, in which attendees would pay a fee to observe creations, the Burning Man festival promoted itself from the beginning as an inclusive event with 'No Spectators".
In 2017, a man ran into Burning Man's flames, suffered burns over nearly all of his body and died. That same year a man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a van carrying people to the festival. In 1996, three people were injured when a drunken driver ran over their tent. That's when a skeletal five-story-tall wood and neon man-shaped statue, stuffed with fireworks, is set ablaze.
Harvey is survived by his son, Tristan, his brother, Stewart, and his nephew, Bryan.
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