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Man Who Set Himself On Fire On National Mall Identified

Bystanders tried to put out the fire that engulfed 64-year-old John Constantino, but he succumbed to his injuries.
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Bystanders tried to put out the fire that engulfed 64-year-old John Constantino, but he succumbed to his injuries.

The family of the New Jersey man who set himself on fire on the National Mall says his death was the result of a long fight with mental illness.

Attorney Jeffrey Cox represents the family of 64-year-old John Constantino of Mount Laurel. Cox says in a statement the Constantino family believes he wasn't making a political statement when he poured gasoline on himself in the center portion of the mall Friday afternoon and set himself on fire.

Passing joggers took off their shirts to help put out the flames. Police say Constantino was conscious and breathing at the scene but died at a Washington hospital later that night.

His family acknowledged the efforts of bystanders to save him.

They described Constantino as a "loving father and husband'' and asked for privacy.

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