Notable gay rights lawyer and environmental activist David Buckel was discovered burned to death in an apparent suicide in a popular Brooklyn, New York, park early Saturday morning.
A jogger on a run through Prospect Park at around 6:15 a.m. spotted a fire on the grass, police sources said.
Before self-immolating, Buckel, 60, stowed his identification and a suicide note nearby, the sources added.
In the noted Buckel said his "early death by fossil fuel" was a protest against damage to the environment, according to the New York Daily News.
The location where Buckel decided to take his own life was only a few blocks away from his home, which is just off the park.
The man's life story was adapted to the big screen in the indie film hit "Boys Don't Cry," for which Hilary Swank won an Academy Award.
He also spearheaded same-sex marriage cases in numerous states around the country.
Lamda Legal, where Buckel served as project director, released a statement calling the counselor "a visionary."