It is believed the Torch destroyed all flammable materials in his room prior to putting himself out. A rambling, poorly written note, filled with passages one person described as “heartbreaking” was found on the nightstand next to his bed. The note explained that “he no longer wished to burn.” Authorities believe the series of violent protests occurring wherever the Torch has appeared recently contributed to the decision to take his own flame. “He’s been feeling kind of low lately,” said an associate of the Torch who wished to remain anonymous. “I kept telling him, it’s not you, man. You’ve got nothing to do with this whole Tibet thing. But he wouldn’t listen. He said he was sick of getting hassled.”
The Chinese government issued a statement this morning expressing regret over the passing of the Torch, and introduced his replacement, the Olympic Glow-Stick.