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Glastonbury performer died after being found 'ablaze' and 'doused in petrol'

Juggler Ashton Launcherley, 27, passed away just days before the festival began

Ben Bentley

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A man who died at the Glastonbury Festival site just days before this year's event began has been revealed to be a circus performer who was found doused in petrol and set on fire.

An inquest into the death of Ashton Launcherley, 27, opened last week (July 6) at Taunton Coroner's Court in Somerset.

It was heard that Launcherley - a talented juggler - was found "ablaze" and suffered severe burns, later dying in hospital from inhalation injury and organ failure.

Coroner Tony Williams said: "On the afternoon of 20 June Mr Launcherley was discovered ablaze. He was doused in petrol and he was ablaze. Mr Launcherley was airlifted from the scene to Southmead hospital in Bristol and then to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham where he died the next day."

The coroner continued to say that there were no suspicious circumstances, with the inquest adjourned for three months.

Burns and plastics specialist Dr Azzam Farroha told the hearing that Ashton died from "95 per cent total body circumference, full thickness burns associated with inhalation injury" and multi-organ failure.

It is not known whether the incident was deliberate or an accident.

A JustGiving fund has been opened in Launcherley's honour.
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