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Man who torched Burning Man dies in BART accident

SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities have identified a San Francisco man who died after jumping in front of a Bay Area Rapid Transit train and disrupted weekend service.

The Medical Examiner's office said Tuesday that paramedics found the body of 42-year-old Paul Addis underneath a Daly-City bound train at the Embarcadero station Saturday night.

BART officials said train service was shut down for nearly four hours.

Addis was known as a performance artist who spent two years in a Nevada prison for illegally torching of the 40-foot signature effigy at the counterculture Burning Man festival in 2007.

The next year Addis pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts related to an alleged arson attempt at San Francisco's historic Grace Cathedral in 2007.

He was sentenced to three years of probation in that incident.


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