Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Passes Away At 22.

[Update 11/14 6:50 pm PST: In respecting the requests of someone close to Ilya Zhitomirskiy, I have deleted everything that my source told me about the cause of Ilya’s death and the manner in which he was discovered. The following is what is known to everyone in mainstream media, including CNN]

It is a sad week in the technology and startup world. As you all know by now, Diaspora Co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy was found dead over the weekend (on Saturday) in San Francisco, California. Ilya was one of the co-founders of the social networking site Diaspora, a site that was widely known to be the Facebook-alternative for people who cared about their online privacy.

While the San Francisco medical examiner’s office has confirmed Ilya Zhitomirskiy’s death, they would not confirm reports that the young man committed suicide, stating that the final cause of death could take weeks.

Team Diaspora: Ilya in left, back wearing a smile. (photo via theadventurous500.com)

Ilya’s death is a big loss to the startup community and the movement to protect our online privacy. May his soul rest in peace.

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2 Responses to "Diaspora Co-Founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy Passes Away At 22."

  1. anotherone says:

    we want to know why we want to know why.

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