Man dies after setting self on fire in Spain: hospital

4th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

A man in Spain died Friday from his burns after setting himself on fire, reportedly because of money problems, hospital sources said.

The man, aged 57, set himself on fire in the southern city of Malaga on Wednesday and died in hospital in Seville, where he had been taken for treatment.

A source at the Virgen de Rocio hospital in Seville said the man died from his burns on Thursday evening. Officials did not identify the man.

El Mundo newspaper cited a witness to the incident saying the 57-year-old man was unemployed and had money problems.

A second man aged 63 was in the same hospital after also setting himself on fire in Malaga, in what police said appeared to be a suicide attempt.

Police gave no details of the identity of the second man, whom police found near a burning car under a highway on Thursday.

Over recent months media have also reported a handful of suicides of people facing eviction in Spain's recession.

© 2013 AFP

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