Larry Harvey
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Larry Harvey, founder of eccentric annual festival Burning Man, passed away over the weekend in San Francisco. He was 70 years old.

According to reports, Harvey suffered a massive stroke earlier this month.

Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell said he passed away on Saturday (April 28). “Burning Man culture has lost a great leader and an inspiring mind,” she said in a written statement to CNN. “He adeptly interpreted the manifestation of what became a movement. I have lost a dear friend who I’ve known, loved, and worked beside for nearly 22 years.”

“As he told one of us recently, Larry liked to create ‘scenes’ that made people consider the world in a new way. He was extraordinarily successful at doing just that.”

Burning Man was a unique multiday event held in Nevada that was dedicated to art and community. It initially launched in 1986 as a small bonfire gathering for the summer solstice. The event moved its location from San Francisco to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada in 1990. Since then, it expanded with mindblowing artworks, from installations to sculptures to architectural spaces done by leading creatives across the globe.

Even year, more than 70,000 attending Burning Man. Moreover, the event has extended its celebration to 85 international locations.