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Man Engulfed in Flames at WeHo Halloween Carnival, Dies

Man Engulfed in Flames at WeHo Halloween Carnival, Dies

Some revelers at West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival watched in horror, while others cheered, as a man was engulfed in flames and collapsed to the ground.

As people danced and drank, the 51-year-old man, Gilbert Estrada, suddenly caught fire. Some partygoers seemed to think it was a joke or a prank, while others ran to his aid and tried to douse him with water. Estrada fell to the ground and was later taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was pronounced dead on Friday.

Detectives believe Estrada accidentally set himself on fire when he lit a cigarette and ignited his burlap costume. A video of the tragedy is making its rounds on the internet.

The West Hollywood carnival takes place through Boystown, the L.A. area's gayborhood, but the festival attracts many non-LGBT participants. It's not clear if Estrada was LGBT. Read more here.

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