Man on fire outside racetracks deemed suicide

A man has died after setting himself on fire Monday afternoon outside the Rideau Carleton...

A man has died after setting himself on fire Monday afternoon outside the Rideau Carleton Racetrack. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

OTTAWA — Police say the case of a 72-year-old man who died hours after setting himself alight outside the Rideau Carleton Raceway Monday is a suicide.

Guarding the unidentified senior's privacy, police are not commenting further on what motivated a tragic incident that horrified bystanders.

"We're satisfied there's no foul play," said Sgt. David Christie of the arson unit.

The man died from burns that covered 90% of his body after being airlifted to Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital.

Investigators talked to his companion and witnesses who frantically called for help shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday.

They tried to put out the fire by rolling the man on the ground until firefighters arrived but he was unconscious and critical as paramedics raced him first to a local hospital.

There was a jerry can like ones used for gasoline on the scene.

"It looks like somebody is trying to make a symbolic statement, but we really don't know at this point," said Paul Welsh, executive director of Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services.


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