Malachi Ritscher, a 52-year-old musician and recording-engineer, set himself on fire and burned to death on the side of the Kennedy Expressway during morning rush-hour in downtown Chicago in what he claimed in a suicide-note to be an act of protest against the Iraq War.
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Abdullah Ismail died in Lahore, Pakistan of smoke inhalation where he was protesting the short movie Innocence of Muslims. Ismail was transported to a local hospital when he became ill from the smoke of burning US flags and later died.
Philip A. Contos, 55, participating in a 2011 protest ride against mandatory helmet laws crashed his motorcycle and died because he wasn’t wearing a helmet.