Larry Harvey, a co-founder of Burning Man, has sadly passed away. He suffered a stroke in the beginning of the month, and was hospitalized. His friends and family hoped for a speedy recover, but Larry didn’t make it, and died peacefully with his family at his side in his home in San Francisco, California. Larry was 70 years old.

Burning Man was founded in 1986, as Larry Harvey made a wooden sculpture of a man and then burned it. It was a success, and so the sculpture kept growing bigger and bigger every year, and Larry kept burning it. In 1990, the police stopped Larry from burning the sculpture, because he didn’t have a permit; and so Larry took it to Black Rock Desert and burned it there. Since then, the festival has been held there, and has since grown exponencially each year, with it now being one of the major festivals worldwide.

Speaking to the Burning Man’s oficial website, current CEO and board member Marian Goodell pays tribute to Larry, stating that

Larry was never one for labels. He didn’t fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was…a landscape gardener, a philosopher, a visionary…a writer, an inspiration, an instigator, a mentor, and at one point a taxi driver and a bike messenger.”

The 2018 edition of Burning Man will go ahead as planned, from August 26th to September 3rd.

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