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article imageAnti-gay marriage protester who set fire to lawn has died

By Darren Weir     Aug 16, 2012 in World
Minneapolis - An opponent of gay marriage, made famous when video went viral of his failed protest with a burning box of Cheerios, has died of a heart attack.
Micheal Leisner of Minnesota gained Internet notoriety when he lit a box of Cheerios on fire, igniting the lawn at General Mills, earlier this month.
The Smoking Gun reports police say the 65-year old suffered an apparent heart attack on Saturday and died as he waited in his car while his children were playing tennis. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune quotes a family statement saying Leisner's two sons found his body in the car.
Leisner's protest, aimed at General Mills' support of same-sex marriage, went viral when he lit a box of Cheerios on the lawn at the corporation headquarters using a blowtorch. But when the fire gets out of control, setting fire to the lawn, he says to his son, "Quick get in the car," before they fled the scene, as Digital Journal reported.
Police launched a criminal investigation after the incident. The Smoking Gun quotes Stacy Carlson, chief of the Golden Valley Police Department, saying “It’s (the case) being closed exceptionally, due to the suspect’s death over the weekend.”
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