It has been reported today that 26-year-old Reddit co-owner, hacker and Internet activist, Aaron Swartz, has committed suicide January 11, 2013. The news broke when his uncle, Michael Wolf, commented to The Tech.
The Tech reports this was confirmed “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” confirmed Swartz’ attorney, Elliot R. Peters of Kecker and Van Nest, in an email to The Tech.
Aaron who was also an Internet activist co-founded Demand Progress, a political action group that campaigns against Internet censorship. From a youg age Aaron showed himself to be a 'computer whizz kid'. Aged 14 Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification.
Swartz had brushes with the law. CNN reports,
In 2011, he was arrested in Boston for alleged computer fraud and illegally obtaining thousands of documents from protected computers. Two years earlier, the FBI investigated him after he released millions of U.S. federal court documents online. No charges were filed.
Reddit is a hugely popular website that enables users to post images ad links and rate them. An online message board. Today, after the news of the suicide became public, one Reddit user wrote, "Great minds carry heavy burdens."
In spite of his young age Aaron had fought a long battle with depression. He admitted in the past to having experienced suicidal thoughts.