The founder of Burning Man, Larry Harvey, has passed away following a stroke earlier this month.

The news was confirmed on and they posted the picture you see above:

Our founder, friend, and original instigator, Larry Harvey has passed away. Larry was a visionary, a mentor, a philosopher, and a passionate advocate for Burning Man’s culture and principles. We have lost our founder. The world has lost a great human being.

Along with the quick message you see when you’re taken there, a longer tribute post written by Marian Goodell, CEO and Board member of the Burning Man Project, was released that explained a little more about why this is such a huge loss for the community at large.

Larry was never one for labels. He didn’t fit a mold; he broke it with the way he lived his life. He was 100% authentic to his core. For all of us who knew or worked with him, he was a landscape gardener, a philosopher, a visionary, a wit, a writer, an inspiration, an instigator, a mentor, and at one point a taxi driver and a bike messenger. He was always a passionate advocate for our culture and principles that emanate from the Burning Man experience in the Black Rock Desert.

Members of the community can get together digitally to share stories, photos, and video at, and you can also send your messages to his family by emailing [email protected].

The theme for the 2018 Burning Man Festival will based around robots; the theme is called I, ROBOT.