Via John Gruber, the tragic news that Aaron Swartz has committed suicide.
I cannot claim to have known Aaron Swartz well, beyond a few brief email exchanges I have had nothing to do with him. Yet he is a person I feel I have a relationship with.
Swartz was one of the first people I remember started following when I started going beyond the mainstream internet. Being a few years younger than him, I highly admired him for his accomplishments at ages comparable to mine.
Swartz’ last time was obviously marred by a criminal investigation, but I feel Swartz had more to contribute to this world. He will be missed, and my thoughts go out to his friends and family.