Burning Man founder Larry Harvey is said to be in critical condition after suffering from a “massive stroke” last week. His prognosis is unknown, according to a statement via the official Burning Man Journal.


With a heavy heart, the news has been delivered to members of the community with the following message…

This is a difficult announcement to make. Our founder and friend Larry Harvey is currently hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke on Wednesday, April 4. Larry remains in critical condition. While his prognosis is unknown at this time, Larry is receiving excellent round-the-clock medical care and constant companionship from his family and very close friends.

The good thing is he’s being surrounded by those who love him. Burners are being asked to remain positive in this difficult time to keep the morale up…

We know this news may be startling and saddening for many of you, as it has been for us. Please send your positive thoughts and intentions to Larry and his family. If you feel moved to share well wishes, notes of gratitude, or your best and craziest Larry Harvey stories, feel free to do so respectfully in the comments below. For those who would to like to send messages directly to Larry and his family or share reflections more privately, please email [email protected].

Though Larry’s fate remains unclear, there’s no doubt the Burning Man founder wants the show to go on with or without him…

While this is a challenging time, we are encouraged by our community’s ability to come together when it matters most. Some have asked how this may affect our organization and our operations going forward. Rest assured, Burning Man and Black Rock City 2018 will go on. If there’s one thing we know for sure, Larry wants us to burn the Man.

Sending lots of love to Burning Man’s fearless leader, all of his family, friends, and the entire community. Feel free to send yours here.

Burning Man Journal will be posting more information as it’s made available.