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A 41-year-old man died Sunday after leaping into a massive fire at Burning Man, the annual arts event in Nevada's Black Rock desert that draws 70,000 people from around the world.

Image: 'Man burning' and Burning Man

Authorities and event organizers said Aaron Joel Mitchell died after breaking through a security barrier around the main "Man burn" event, in which a 40-foot-tall wooden statue is set alight.

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In a statement, Burning Man said Mitchell was pulled from the flames by firefighters and airlifted to University of California-Davis' burn treatment center.

He died Sunday morning.

The statement said other planned burns had been canceled, although another ritual of the nine-day, 31-year-old event, the burning of a temple, was still scheduled for Sunday night.

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