Larry Harvey, 70, died in San Francisco on Saturday.
Larry Harvey, founder of Burning Man, is dead at 70, organizers of the arts festival said on social media shortly after noon Saturday.
While the cause of Harvey's death has not been released, a family statement noted that he died in a San Francisco hospital, and was surrounded by his family.
"Thanks for everything. (No, really, pretty much everything in my life right now is a result of Burning Man.)", read one post.
Within a few years the event had outgrown Baker Beach and moved to the desert.
Larry was never one for labels. He didn't fit a mould; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was 100 percent authentic to his core. He also leaves behind "a global community of devoted Burning Man participants inspired by his vision to build a more creative, cooperative and generous world", Mangrum said.
"I called a friend and said, "Let's go to the beach and burn a man", Harvey told the website Green Living in 2007".
Burning Man takes place annually the week before Labor Day in Northern Nevada's Black Rock Desert. We have lost our founder.
Burning Man culture has lost a great leader and an inspiring mind.
Tickets for the event sell out very quickly and don't come cheap.
Although known for retaining its joyful celebrative atmosphere as it grew from a small gathering to one of big proportions, Burning Man occasionally had its problems. Attendees have to bring their own food, their own shelter, and whatever other accommodations they might need.
The festival has now grown to be a massive event holding up to 70,000 people per year with names like Diddy, Will Smith, and Diplo in attendance. "Where the man came from I don't know".
By 2015 the Burning Man Project reported annual revenues of $37.5m (£27.2m), of which $30.4m was ploughed back into running the event.
In 2017, a man ran into Burning Man's flames, suffered burns over nearly all of his body and died. That's when a skeletal five-story-tall wood and neon man-shaped statue, stuffed with fireworks, is set ablaze. That same year a man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a van carrying people to the festival. That same year, three other people were injured when a drunk driver ran over their tent.