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Aaron Swartz computer wiz body was found on Friday. Those not famaliar with Swartz he was co-author of the Web feed format RSS 1.0. His other accomplishment he started Demandprogress. Also helped create Reddit he left after it was aquired my Wired Magazine. His innovations were well known in the computer world.
His body was discover Friday. According to the Medical Examiner his death was ruled a suicide by hanging.
He was in some trouble with was in trouble with the Federal government with fraud charges brought against him. These charge held a 35 years term and a 1 million dollar fine. He plead not guilty to all the charges. Despite this he ended his life.
It would appear this played a factor in his suicide. His family released a statement Saturday praising his "Brilliance", and his sense of social justice.
The best praise that was given to him was by Tim Berners-Lee the most important figure known in the creation of the World Wide Web. He twitter on Saturday
"Aaron dead," he wrote. "World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep."
One of the pioneers of the internet is gone from us and will be sadly missed.