The Naked Guy
Andrew Martinez, 33, whose stripped-down campus strolls got him expelled from UC Berkeley and prompted the famously liberal city to adopt a strict anti-nudity ordinance, was found dead Thursday in the Santa Clara County Main Jail, said jail spokesman Mark Cursi. Martinez was found under his bed covers with a plastic bag cinched around his head, Cursi said. Officials are investigating the death as an apparent suicide. Martinez had been in custody since Jan. Martinez was housed in solitary confinement in a maximum-security area and was last seen alive around 11 p. Wednesday, Cursi said.
UC Berkeley’s ‘Naked Guy’ Dies in His Jail Cell
As an education reporter working from a basement office in Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus in the fall of , I remember when "Naked Guy" began showing up for class wearing nothing but a G-string covering his private parts. Tall, lean, muscular and low-key, Luis Andrew Martinez , 20, became an overnight media sensation. The press aptly dubbed him Naked Guy and converged on campus to devour another only-in-Berkeley story. While the moniker that made Martinez famous is probably unavoidable, he may also be remembered as the man who forced law enforcement officials in Santa Clara County to address serious suicide attempts in a serious manner. There was nothing to suggest that trouble that would befall the handsome, well-spoken young man, and for about two months, he was a hot topic of conversation in Berkeley and well beyond. In published interviews, Martinez said his decision to go nude was an attempt to illustrate that people have the right to "define normalcy in their own terms. What bothered her, she said, was his expulsion from Cal.
Naked Guy gets stark lesson in proper attire at UC Berkeley
The former UC Berkeley student known as the Naked Guy, who gained notoriety for attending class in the buff in the early s, died in jail, apparently a suicide, authorities said. Andrew Martinez, 33, whose stripped-down campus strolls got him expelled and prompted the liberal city to adopt an anti-nudity ordinance, was pronounced dead early Thursday in the Santa Clara County Main Jail, jail spokesman Mark Cursi said. Martinez was found under his bed covers with a plastic bag cinched around his head, Cursi said. Officials are investigating the death. Martinez, who was 6-foot-4, had been in custody since Jan.
Andrew Martinez wanted to be called the Militant Nudist, but the nickname never stuck. He was simply too gentle, too agreeable for it. In the summer of , when he was 17 and had fallen under the nonconformist spell of Henry David Thoreau, Martinez took off his clothes in public for the first time. But before he did, he went door to door, fully clothed, in his hometown, Cupertino, Calif. Later, as a student at the University of California at Berkeley, Martinez came to be known by a moniker as straightforward and genial as he was: the Naked Guy.
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