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Diaspora co-founder Zhitomirskiy's death an apparent suicide

Ilya Zhitomirskiy

Ilya Zhitomirskiy

A former NYU student who co-founded the social networking service Diaspora died from an apparent suicide over the weekend, according to published reports.

The death of Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22, shocked the social media world. Police said he was found dead at 8:10 p.m. Saturday in San Francisco. An officer told CNNMoney that suicide may be the cause of death, although the coroner's office said it would take several weeks to confirm.

Details surrounding his death could not be confirmed Monday.

Zhitomirskiy founded the tech startup with three other NYU students in 2010, and launched its first preview that September.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the funders of Diaspora, which allows its users to have greater control over how their private information is shared online.

On his Diaspora profile, Zhitomirskiy described himself as "super passionate about building a world of hacker spaces, maker culture, sharing, cycling, and life satisfaction."

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