The 65-year-old father of four who entertained millions by flaming out on the front lawn of the General Mills headquarters during an anti-gay protest died in his car this past weekend. Michael L. Leisner of Andover, Minnesota became an overnight breakout star on the anti-gay protester circuit when his son uploaded a video of him almost leaving the lawn of the GM headquarters in flames after burning a box of Honey Nut Cheerios to protest the company’s support of same-sex marriage. The video went viral and ended up everywhere from The Daily Show to Chelsea Lately.
The Star Tribune says that Michael Leisner drove his sons to tennis practice on Saturday afternoon and while waiting in the car for them, he suddenly died. The senior pastor of the Christian Center Michael was a member of didn’t give a cause of death and he didn’t say if his last words were, “Damn you, Count Chocula.” The pastor said that he just died in his car. The pastor also said that Michael was a loving husband and father who just so happened to hate gays and the Honey Nut Bee:
“[The video] doesn’t accurately reflect who he was as an individual. He was a very loving and caring father of his four children, a loving husband and he seemed to get along with other people.”