TUNIS, Tunisia -- A Tunisian street vendor has died of severe, full-body burns after setting himself ablaze in what his family described as an act of desperation over trouble finding a steady job.

The self-immolation in 2010 of another Tunisian vendor frustrated with corruption and unemployment sparked protests that spread nationwide and led to the ouster of Tunisia's authoritarian president. That unleashed protests around the Arab world.

The director of the Tunis region's burn center, Imed Touibi, said that vendor Adel Khedhri died Wednesday morning. Touibi said the 27-year-old man, from a poor town in northwestern Tunisia struggling to find a steady job to support his mother and siblings, had burns on nearly 90 percent of his body.

Khedhri set himself on fire Tuesday on the main thoroughfare of the capital, Tunis.

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  • Street vendors demonstrate against the government after the death of a cigarette vendor who torched himself in a street died in Tunis, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)

  • Street vendors demonstrate against the government after the death of a cigarette vendor who torched himself in a street died in Tunis, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)

  • Tunisian cigarette vendor Adel Khadri sits on the ground after immolating himself in an act of desperation on a street in Tunis on March 12, 2013 hours before lawmakers were to vote on a new government to pull Tunisia out of political crisis. (ZINE TAP/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Tunisian security forces stand guard as a paramedic prepares to evacuate 27-year-old Adel Khadri, a cigarette vendor who immolated himself in an act of desperation, on a street in Tunis on March 12, 2013 hours before lawmakers were to vote on a new government to pull Tunisia out of political crisis. (ZINE TAP/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Tunisian paramedics rush to carry 27-year-old Adel Khadri, a cigarette vendor who immolated himself in an act of desperation, on a street in Tunis on March 12, 2013 hours before lawmakers were to vote on a new government to pull Tunisia out of political crisis. (ZINE TAP/AFP/Getty Images)