Five months after Aaron Joel Mitchell ran into a wall of fire at Burning Man’s pinnacle celebration last year, some but not all questions surrounding his death are being answered. Deaths at Burning Man A rarely talked about aspect of Burning Man, one that perhaps the promoters deliberately keep under wraps, is the amount of deaths that occur every year at the festival. A 33-year-old man, Shane Billingham, died at Burning Man on Thursday, August 29. The battle of the villainous combustion-benders. Who wins! After much consideration, a coroner ruled the cause of Faherty’s death to be spontaneous human combustion, a decision that generated its fair share of controversy. Combustion Man, a.k.a. Burning Man is an event held annually since 1986 in the western United States. Combustion Man vs P’Li. Spontaneous human combustion has claimed the life at least one member of the nobility; Countess Cornelia Di Bandi. The death of a man at the Burning Man festival in the US state of Nevada is being treated as suspicious, authorities say. Faherty was found in his sitting room, laying on his back with his head near an open fireplace, though the fireplace was determined not to have been the source of the fire. A baffled coroner ruled last year that a man who burned to death in his home died as a result of spontaneous human combustion. Death by burning (also known as immolation) is an execution method involving combustion or exposure to extreme heat. 8. The Gruesome Details. Forensic experts had only Faherty’s scorched body and the fire damage done to the ceiling above and floor beneath to explain what happened to the elderly man. According to USA Today , he was found unresponsive in his vehicle at … December 22, 2010 Ballybane, Galway, Ireland Michael Faherty (76) dies in his home; his death is officially ruled spontaneous combustion. Sparky Sparky Boom Man, is an antagonist from the Avatar: the Last Airbender series.