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Crime History: Richard Pryor sets self on fire

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On this day, June 9, in 1980, comedian Richard Pryor set himself on fire while free-basing cocaine and drinking 151-proof rum. Pryor ran down his street in Northridge, Calif., until subdued by police. His daughter said her father was in a drug-induced psychosis and poured rum over his body and set himself on fire. Pryor, 39, was given a 1-in-3 chance to live, but he survived and continued to do...

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