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Aaron Swartz, Reddit co-founder who hanged himself in New York, wrote about sexual identity

Aaron Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit who helped create RSS, hanged himself on Friday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

On Sept. 8, 2009, Swartz posted an entry on his personal blog titled, "Why I Am Not Gay." He concluded his post about sexual identity and culture with this:

So that’s why I’m not gay. I hook up with people. I enjoy it. Sometimes they’re men, sometimes they’re women. I don’t see why it needs to be any more complicated than that.

Here's the Associated Press report about Swartz's death at 26:

Reddit co-founder dies in NY weeks before trial


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. If convicted, he faced decades in prison and a fortune in fines.

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