Death of Aaron Swartz

November 8, 1986 - January 11, 2013
Brooklyn, New York | Age 26

Online activist, programmer dies in NY
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VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a Reddit co-founder is blaming prosecutors for his suicide just weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles.

Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment Friday night, his family and authorities said. The 26-year-old had fought to make online content free to the public and as a teenager helped create RSS, a family of Web feed formats used to...

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