Legendary Burning Man Co-Founder Larry Harvey Has Died


Among the tens of thousands of attendees making the trek to Nevada's Black Rock desert are programmers, web designers and even a few millionaire executives. With this full page spread, Burning Man remembers its fearless leader.

At the time of his death, Harvey was still board president and chief "philosophic officer" of the nonprofit Burning Man Project that now has an annual budget of some $30 million.

Burning Man, which is a multiday festival now held in Nevada, is dedicated to art and community. The actual cause of death has yet to be determined, however, Harvey had suffered a massive stroke earlier this month, according to CBS News.

Our founder, friend, and original instigator, Larry Harvey has passed away.

Harvey was born in 1948 and adopted by farmers in Portland, Oregon.

"Larry was never one for labels", Goodell said in her statement "He didn't fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life". Larry was a visionary, a mentor, a philosopher, and a passionate advocate for Burning Man's culture and principles.

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Stewart was with Larry when he "first laid eyes on the playa" in 1990 that was to become the desert home of Burning Man. "He was 100% authentic to his core", praised his long-time friend and Burning Man CEO, Marion Goodell, on the organization's website.

Added his long-time friend Stuart Mangrum: "As he would have wished it, let us always Burn the Man".

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.

The co-founder of Burning Man died at 8:24 am this morning. 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.

In 2007, a prankster set fire to Burning Man four days early and it had to be frantically rebuilt while the man was charged with arson.

Harvey is survived by his son, Tristan, brother, Stewart, his nephew, Bryan, and a global community of devoted burners.