Arnav Gupta Biography
Arnav Gupta who set himself on fire near the White House has died, U.S. Park Police say.
Arnav Gupta, 33, has been identified as the man who set himself on fire on the White House Ellipse on May 29, 2019. The Secret Service and other law enforcement rushed to put out the flames, but Gupta suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at a hospital a few hours later.
Park Police said they had turned over their investigation to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
Multiple outlets reported that Gupta was the man who had been reported missing Wednesday morning by police in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland.
In a Facebook post asking for public help locating him, the police said that Gupta, 33, was last seen by his family when he left his home around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Arnav Gupta’s Family Was Concerned About His Emotional State When They Reported Him Missing to Police
Arnav Gupta’s family members said they last saw him at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. He left the house on Cindy Lane around 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29.
They later reported him missing to the Montgomery County Department of Police. The department issued a press release stating they were concerned for Gupta’s “physical and emotional welfare.” But the release did not go into further detail as to why Gupta’s family believed there was a risk for his safety.
— Triple (@Trxple_X) May 29, 2019
The Montgomery County Police shared the bulletin on Twitter at 2:46 p.m., more than two hours after Gupta had set himself on fire near the White House. The post was updated on May 30 to say that Gupta had been located, but did not include that he had died.
Arnav Gupta Attended Boston University & Was an Alum of the Landon School in Bethesda
Arnav Gupta appears to have grown up in Bethesda, Maryland. An online search of records indicates that he graduated from the Landon School, a private college prep school for boys, in 2004.
Concern for Missing Bethesda Area Manhttps://t.co/ng4Br7gUHn
— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) May 29, 2019
His picture was also included in a Landon Magazine article from 2013 that highlighted what alumni were up to. Gupta was pictured at Everest Base Camp in Nepal. You can see that page here.
After high school, Gupta moved to Boston for college. He studied International Relations and Affairs at Boston University. He appears to have graduated in 2008.
Arnav Gupta Previously Worked as a Coach & an Education Consultant in Bethesda
Arnav Gupta worked as a personal trainer while he was a student at Boston University. An online search of records shows that according to his Linkedin profile, which has since been hidden or removed, Gupta was associated with Town Sports International. During high school, Gupta was an intern and translator with the Montgomery County Language Minority Health Project.
After graduating from college, Gupta returned to his hometown. He got a job as a coach at the Landon School, where he appears to have stayed for about two years.
— USPPNEWS (@usparkpolicepio) May 29, 2019
From 2009 to 2014, Gupta appears to have worked in property management. His Linkedin information then shows that he became an executive assistant to the CEO at Alfredhouse Eldercare, an assisted living facility. Gupta’s last position is listed as an “Education Consultant” at Chance Academy.
Arnav Gupta Created Artwork & Wrote Political Poetry
Arnav Gupta appears to have expressed his political ideas in artwork and in writing. His website, called Arnamania, depicts a few pieces of artwork he says he created. He lists the prices as being fantastically high, from $7,000 to $10 million.
In the bio section, Gupta wrote that he was born in New Delhi, India, raised in the D.C. suburbs and that he was living in the Bay Area of California. It’s unclear if he was actually living on the west coast; the Montgomery County Police referenced him as a Bethesda resident. The bio continues, “After a fulfilling career in the intersection of Education, News-Media, Artificial Intelligence, and Global Politics, the artist now enjoys working on less weightier subjects such as nature-scapes, wildlife, and portraiture. He aspires to one day write fantasy literature in the mold of his favorites: C.S. Lewis, J.R. Tolkein, and Roald Dahl.”
— USPPNEWS (@usparkpolicepio) May 30, 2019
Gupta was previously registered to vote in Maryland as a member of the Green Party, but his voter registration was not active at the time of his death, according to the state’s Board of Elections database.
Heavy also found a written work that Gupta appeared to have self-published on April 23, 2019. It’s titled “Memoirs of a Shadow President.” It’s clearly political, but we won’t speculate as to the meaning. In one passage, he appears to criticize President Obama and the Iran deal. “We must protect this house, Not quiver like some Obama mouse, Louis C.K. jerking off on a fallen Angel’s blouse, No Iran nuclear deal Defend the forward bastion of the Crusaders appeal, The Kapitalisten Schweine squeal, The art of the New Deal.”