Larry Harvey, Burning Man founder, dies

Larry Harvey, Burning Man founder, dies

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.

Harvey had a stroke on April 4.

Harvey, along with friend Jerry James, founded the annual event on a San Francisco beach in 1986.

"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", Mangrum wrote. "We resolutely held out for a miracle", said Goodell.

The festival has now grown to be a massive event holding up to 70,000 people per year with names like Diddy, Will Smith, and Diplo in attendance.

At the celebration's conclusion, a towering wooden effigy is burned to the ground.

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"Larry was a visionary, a mentor, a philosopher, and a passionate advocate for Burning Man's culture and principles", a statement on the website said.

"A city in the desert. A network of dreamers and doers", is how the gathering is described on Burning Man's website. Only a dozen or so people attended the first Burning Man, which consisted of Harvey burning an 8-foot wooden man on a beach in San Francisco.

In the past years, Burning Man attendees have included founder Jeff Bezos and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Harvey eventually formed a limited liability corporation to put on Burning Man, converting it in 2013 to a nonprofit with 70 employees and a budget of $30 million.

Although known for retaining its joyful celebrative atmosphere as it grew from a small gathering to one of very big proportions, Burning Man occasionally had its problems. Last year, a man died after running into the burning flames and suffering burns on nearly his entire body. That's when a skeletal five-story-tall wood and neon man-shaped statue, stuffed with fireworks, is set ablaze. That same year, three other people were injured when a drunk driver ran over their tent. In 1996, a man was killed when his motorcycle and a van carrying festival-goers collided.

Harvey is survived by his son, Tristan, his brother, Stewart, and his nephew, Bryan.

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