Yikes. Looking at some of his stunts, ego over knowledge.
The person who discovered that certain ulcers were cause by HPV did something similar. But, he had the necessary background knowledge that enabled him to make a rationale judgement as to the risk. Too prove a point.
This person, on the other-hand, has (strike that, had) a bachelors in sociology. It seems to me that he was trying to market something. Not prove something scientifically.
His death is, of course, saddening though it may have simply been a matter of time before he did himself in.