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Maryland man dies after lighting himself on fire outside the White House

A Maryland man has died after he lit himself on fire outside the White House Wednesday afternoon, the United States Park Police said.

Police were called to 15th Street and Constitution Avenue just before 12:25 p.m., where they found Arnav Gupta, of Bethesda, on fire near the Ellipse on the south side of the White House.

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Police said Gupta, 33, was extinguished and taken to a local hospital where he died later that evening. No further information was provided.

Montgomery County police said earlier Wednesday that investigators were searching for Gupta and were concerned for his welfare. They said he was last seen alive that morning when he left his Bethesda-area home.

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Metropolitan Police Detectives are investigating the incident. Anyone who may have witnessed the event is asked to call 202-610-8737 or 202-610-7500.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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