Gene Kan, founder of InfraSearch/Gonesilent.com and Gnutella’s most vocal spokesman/developer, passed away on June 29, at age 25. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere, except for a single post by Wired reporter Brad King on the Pho music list. Brad informed us that Gene was found dead in his apartment around June 27-29. There was a note found alongside his body, but no additional details are currently available. I expect this will soon be picked up by Slashdot, Wired, and the usual suspects.
I had the privilege of working with the XCF folks, but never managed to meet Gene. Here’s his musings on open services from last September, an audio interview on NPR, some haiku from his personal homepage, and his resume. Also, you should read Joey DeVilla’s Letter to Gene Kan.
The Post is reporting Sun’s statement that his death was an accident; but Wired confirms that it was, in fact, suicide. It’s a sad day. Also, Yaroslav updated his site, pointing to Gene’s anonymous warblog on Blogspot. Yahoo posted the Reuters story late Tuesday. On July 25, the San Jose Mercury News released a final, detailed obituary.