Man who set himself on fire in Arroyo Grande has died

newsroom@thetribunenews.comSeptember 5, 2012 

Grass under the swinging bridge in Arroyo Grande shows scorching after a man set what appears to be a suicide attempt. David Middlecamp 9-3-12


The man who set himself on fire in Arroyo Grande on Monday has died, authorities said.

The man has been identified as Jason Noble Cocks, a 50-year-old resident of Arroyo Grande.

Cocks died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Grossman Burn Center at the West Hills Hospital & Medical Center in West Hills in Southern California, according to Arroyo Grande police Cmdr. Beau Pryor.

Investigators said Cocks was trying to commit suicide, based on evidence found at the scene, witness statements and statements made by family members.

Cocks suffered severe burns on most of his body, Arroyo Grande police said.

Police received a call about 12:30 p.m. Monday reporting a man on fire near the Swinging Bridge in the Arroyo Grande Village.

A witness saw a man engulfed in flames, running north across the Swinging Bridge. The man collapsed near a tree just north of the bridge. Several people came to his aid and also put out a small brush fire.

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