Aaron Swartz, the Internet political activist who co-wrote the initial specification for RSS, was found dead at age 26.

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Swartz's family says federal prosecutors and MIT "contributed to his death"

Swartz, 26, was found Friday after he hung himself, ME's office and his family says

He helped pioneer the Internet's icons of RSS and Reddit at a young age

Swartz then became an aggressive Internet activist, landing him in legal trouble

Aaron Swartz, an Internet savant who at a young age shaped the online era by co-developing RSS and Reddit and later became a digital