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Reddit Co-Founder Hangs Self Weeks Before Facing Trial On Data Theft Charges

Reddit Co-Founder Hangs Self Weeks Before Facing Trial On Data Theft Charges
A co-founder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public has been found dead, authorities confirmed Saturday, prompting an outpouring of grief from prominent voices on the intersection of free speech and the Web.

Aaron Swartz, 26, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to go on trial on accusations that he stole millions of journal articles from an electronic archive in an attempt to make them freely available.

He was pronounced dead Friday evening at home in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for New York’s chief medical examiner.(Michael Francis McElroy/The New York Times/The Associated Press)

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