A 16-year-old student who set himself on fire at a suburban Denver high school nearly two weeks ago has died, said police.

Vincent Nett succumbed to his injuries around 5 p.m. Sunday, said Cheri Spottke, Westminster Police Department police investigator. The boy was burned on over 80 per cent of his body and had been in critical condition at a local hospital.

According to police and fire reports, the boy doused himself with an accelerant before lighting himself on fire in an apparent suicide attempt in Standley Lake High School's cafeteria on Jan. 27.

Spottke said the official cause of death will come from the coroner's office.

She said counsellors will be available Monday at the Westminster school.