BROOKLYN, NY – You can say suicide is never the answer, but unfortunately, it looks like 26-year-old Aaron Swartz felt differently. Swartz hung himself in his Brooklyn, New York apartment.
He was the co-founder of the popular social news and entertainment website, Reddit. He also helped shape the digital age by co-developing RSS, which is now a widely-used internet code.
Sure he was young and seemingly at the top of his game, but Swartz was facing a lot of legal woes. In 2011, he was charged with stealing nearly five million articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He faced 13 felony charges, including wire fraud, computer fraud and unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer.
Prosecutors say Swartz intended to share the articles on file-sharing websites. Swartz pleaded not guilty and his trial was set to begin in February, but now with the unfortunate circumstances, the charges have been dismissed.
His family and girlfriend blame the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and MIT for contributing to his death. And it was no secret Swartz felt the pressure; he often blogged about his depression.
But perhaps the really sad thing is that such a great mind is gone too soon.