Before his self immolation protest, he climbed a local him to burn incense and pray, and then distributed leaflets saying he would act "not for his personal glory but for Tibet and the happiness of Tibetans". Then he drank and threw kerosene all over his body to set himself on fire at around 6 a.m.
Police took away his body and hundreds of local Tibetans staged a candlelight vigil urging the authorities to release his body.
I remember hearing the tragic news in Bodhgaya, India, where more than one hundred thousand people gathered for H.H. Dalai Lama's kalachakra. There were Tibetans, Ladakhi, Bhutanese, all Himalayan region Buddhists, and foreigners from many countries. Everyone was under a big tree of dharma. It was a chaotic yet very precious moment. There were so many different faces to receive blessings from H.H. Dalai Lama in that small town, where Buddha was believed to have enlightened under the Bodhi tree. The news of his deadly protest was a painful contrast, somebody who could be under this beautiful tree gave up his life in very painful way. The news echoed my heart through like an arrow.
his recorded last messages can be found here.