Burning Man worker died on the playa in preparation for the annual festival
Scott “Spoono” Stephenson – a devout Burner who dedicated himself to Burning Man and “the city he loved most,” Black Rock City – passed away on the playa Wednesday evening. The man, who was in his late 50s, reportedly died “of natural causes.” A direct cause of death is currently being investigated as the Burning Man community mourns the loss of Stephenson, who was a member of Burning Man’s Department of Public Works and a founder of Black Rock Solar, which offers affordable energy services to nonprofits, low-income and educational sectors.
Spoono had been on Burning Man’s outskirts since April helping to facilitate Black Rock City’s preparation for the annual event. Cited by the festival’s CEO Marian Goodell as “a fixture of [their] DPW since 2005,” Scott will be greatly missed by the loving and generous community he was lucky enough to be a part of for the past decade. Stay tuned as a memorial service in honor of Stephenson’s life will be announced in the coming days.