I totally remember Andrew Martinez, who would walk around Sproul Plaza in the buff. It was a weird experience to stand there talking to someone, then he walks by, so you immediately turn your head to avoid seeing him. For all of this, I didn't think anything was really mentally wrong with him until one day in -- I think 1993 -- he was a top some building on Telegraph Avenue throwing rocks at the Berkeley police.
'Naked Guy' ex-student dies in jail
Berkeley nudist was in custody on assault, battery charges
Saturday, May 20, 2006; Posted: 3:39 p.m. EDT (19:39 GMT)
SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- The former college student known as the "Naked Guy," who gained notoriety in the early 1990s for attending class in the buff, has died in jail, authorities said.
Andrew Martinez, 33, whose stripped-down strolls at the University of California, Berkeley, got him expelled and prompted the city to adopt a strict anti-nudity ordinance, was found unconscious Thursday in a Santa Clara County jail, said jail spokesman Mark Cursi.
Officials are investigating the death as an apparent suicide.
He had been in custody since January 10 on charges of battery and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said.
In 1992, Martinez organized a "Nude-In" protest at the university. He said he was trying to make a point about free expression.
The message caught on, and nude spottings spiked on campus. Martinez, who landed on national talk shows, was expelled the next year after the university banned nudity.
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