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Note: This article has been edited since its publication at the request of Paul Addis’ mother.

Friends of a man who died at the Embarcadero BART station Saturday night have confirmed his identity as San Francisco artist and performer Paul Addis.

Witnesses say a white male jumped in front of a westbound train at 7:48 Saturday night, BART spokesman Jim Allison said Saturday night.

BART police officers who responded to the scene saw the man under the back half of the train, Allison told the Chron.

Fire Department paramedics arrived and determined that the man was dead, Allison said.

Addis was perhaps best known as the man accused of prematurely setting fire to the Burning Man sculpture in 2007, as an act of protest against the event.

According to a Bay Guardian article from 2010, Addis spent two years in a Nevada prison for the Burning Man incident, during which time he developed a one-man show entitled Dystopian Veneer, which he brought to San Francisco in April of that year.

Several of Addis’ friends reached out to the Appeal in hopes that we would update our earlier story on the events surrounding his death with his name.

Amacker Bullwinkle, a close family friend of Addis’, contacted the Appeal to confirm that he had died at the Embarcadero station Saturday.

According to Bullwinkle, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office contacted Addis’ mother to confirm his death Saturday.

Bullwinkle says a memorial for Addis is being planned, but did not have details as of Sunday evening.

Photo of Paul Addis: Used with permission of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • RubberTramp

    Tragic. Sad. Tears for Addis’s friends and family. Love to you all.

  • RubberTramp

    Tragic. Sad. Tears for Addis’s friends and family. Love to you all.

  • FelonyCypher

    Peace be with you Paul.

  • FelonyCypher

    Peace be with you Paul.

  • Tender_Loin Eyes

    My condolences go out to Mr. Addis’s family and friends. I would also like to thank SF Appeal for running a photo of Paul Addis. Too often we recognize the face of a neighbor, co-worker, even a friend we might simply know here in The City as Paul , but to know their full name we often move to fast to keep up with the details. I made the suggestion the other day on EveryBlock.com that EveryBlock and SFAppeal, both should make an effort to be the go to source to know when something happens to one of our neighbors and a photo really goes a long way to fill in the blank spaces of what happened when one among us comes up missing all of a sudden…never to be seen again. Again my thoughts and prayers go out to the Addis Family and my sincere appreciation to SFAppeal.com for putting a face to the name of Paul Addis.

  • Tender_Loin Eyes

    My condolences go out to Mr. Addis’s family and friends. I would also like to thank SF Appeal for running a photo of Paul Addis. Too often we recognize the face of a neighbor, co-worker, even a friend we might simply know here in The City as Paul , but to know their full name we often move to fast to keep up with the details. I made the suggestion the other day on EveryBlock.com that EveryBlock and SFAppeal, both should make an effort to be the go to source to know when something happens to one of our neighbors and a photo really goes a long way to fill in the blank spaces of what happened when one among us comes up missing all of a sudden…never to be seen again. Again my thoughts and prayers go out to the Addis Family and my sincere appreciation to SFAppeal.com for putting a face to the name of Paul Addis.

  • Paolo Enrique

    Paul had a few last words before departing:
    http://vimeo.com/52806139

  • Paolo Enrique

    Paul had a few last words before departing:
    http://vimeo.com/52806139

  • Radioman

    Here is the never-before-heard radio traffic from the night that Paul burned the Man. One week after I posted this, I received a call from Burning Man’s Emergency Operations Chief threatening legal action if I did not remove it. I recorded it on my own time, with my own radio and recorder, over an open airwave. While I might not believe that what Paul did was acceptable, I certainly believe in my freedom of speech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_pZWvmBFsc

  • Radioman

    Here is the never-before-heard radio traffic from the night that Paul burned the Man. One week after I posted this, I received a call from Burning Man’s Emergency Operations Chief threatening legal action if I did not remove it. I recorded it on my own time, with my own radio and recorder, over an open airwave. While I might not believe that what Paul did was acceptable, I certainly believe in my freedom of speech. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_pZWvmBFsc