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Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of four founders of the social networking site Diaspora, has died at 22-years old.
A representative for the San Francisco medical examiner’s office confirms the death to the Associated Press, though declined to comment on the details surrounding the death. A source close to the Diaspora told CNNMoney that Zhitomirskiy committed suicide over the weekend.
The San Francisco Police Department responded to calls regarding a possible suicide at the 700 block of Treat Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 12 around 8:10 p.m, CNNMoney reports. “In this case it appears to be suicide,” SFPD Officer Alvie Esparaza said. “However, the medical examiner’s office will make the final decision.”
Zhitomirskiy co-founded Diaspora with three other New York University students. The group announced their project on April 24, 2010 and sought funds through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter in April. The project raised a total of $200,000 from 6,500 donors in just 39 days, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The site had struggled for funds in recent months, asking for additional donations in October via a company blog. Diaspora is an open-sourced community of social networks, which allows users to own personal data and control how and with whom to share content.
The site included a photo on its home page in remembrance of the late founder, with a caption reading: “Ilya Zhitomirskiy 1989-2011.”
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