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Reddit co-founder dies in N.Y. weeks before trial

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Aaron Swartz poses for a photo January 2009 in Miami Beach, Fla. Swartz was found dead Friday in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment, according to Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for New York's medical examiner.

NEW YORK – The family of a Reddit co-founder who committed suicide weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles is blaming prosecutors for his death.

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 gather updates from blogs, news headlines, audio and video for users.

In 2011, he was charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an attempt to make them freely available.

He had pleaded not guilty, and his federal trial was to begin next month.

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