ATLANTA – State investigators say a man who identified himself as an air force veteran, died after he lit himself on fire for the Georgia Capitol last week to protest against the Veterans Affairs system.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted Tuesday that the 58-year-old John Michael Watts died on Monday. Authorities say Watts strapped fireworks to his chest, doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire on June 26. A state trooper who saw what happened, quickly put out the flames.
Authorities said Watts, who had no current address, was able to talk with officials, after the flames were extinguished. Authorities said he had burns over 85 to 90 percent of his body. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
The GBI says its investigation continues.