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US-SWARTZ-INTERNET:Internet activist, programmer Aaron Swartz dead at 26
(Reuters) - Internet activist and programmer Aaron Swartz, who helped create an early version of RSS and later played a key role in stopping a controversial online piracy bill in Congress, has died at age 26, an apparent suicide, New York authorities said on Saturday.
Police found Swartz's body hanging in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
Swartz founded the group Demand Progress and led a successful campaign to stop a bill introduced in 2011 in the U.S. House of Representatives called the Stop Online Piracy Act, which generated fierce opposition in the technological community.
He also played a role in building the news sharing website Reddit.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and P.J. Huffstutter in Chicago; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Gunna Dickson)