(CBS News) Authorities say a co-founder of Reddit and computer activist who fought to make online content free to the public has been found dead.

A spokeswoman for New York’s Medical Examiner says 26-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He was found Friday.

Swartz’s death was confirmed by his attorney, Elliot Peters, in an email to MIT’s The Tech newspaper.

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