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Debian Founder's 2015 Death Ruled A Suicide (theregister.co.uk) 160

gosand writes: According to a story on The Register, the death of Ian Murdock in late 2015 has been ruled a suicide. This news brings some closure to the sad ending of his life. An interesting note from the article that I never knew before: "he was the Ian in Debian; his girlfriend at the time, Debra Lynn, was the Deb." Debian has truly been a cornerstone in the Linux world, and the founder will be missed. The medical report was obtained on Wednesday by CNN journalists.
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Debian Founder's 2015 Death Ruled A Suicide

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    So sorry to learn of Ian's passing. I've been a big fan of Debian for at least a decade. Rest in Peace.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Found Murdock naked and lifeless with electrical cord around his neck" is ruled a suicide now?

    • "Found Murdock naked and lifeless with electrical cord around his neck" is ruled a suicide now?

      Have you forgotten David Carradine and how he died? [wikipedia.org]

      A police official said that Carradine was found naked, hanging by a rope in the room's closet.

      He died from auto-erotic asphyxiation.

      two of Carradine's former wives, Gail Jensen and Marina Anderson, stated publicly that his sexual interests included the practice of self-bondage. Anderson, who had plans to publish a tell-all book about her marriage to Carradine, said in an interview with Access Hollywood, "There was a dark side to David, there was a very intense side to David. People around him know that." Previously, in her divorce filing, she had claimed that "it was the continuation of abhorrent and deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly."

      At least he wasn't wearing a monkey mask at the time. That would have been weird.

    • Given the fact he announced he was going to suicide on twitter, it doesn't seem unreasonable. I don't think he streamed the suicide itself, but it wouldn't actually surprise me either.

      • these days, I would assume the cops did wrong-doing.

        this is the world we live in; the country we live in. the cops are assholes, and they love throwing power around.

        to me, even though its not legally required, I would assume they were guilty and unless they proved innocence, I blame them.

        they ARE the bad guys, today. yes, its upside down, but they created this thin blue line and generally, their cred is shot to hell (forgive the pun).

        an intelligent, thoughful and PRODUCTIVE member of society vs D level st

  • I guess everyone will have theories about deaths like this, because they refuse to believe that the person is anything less than great !

    Truth be told that some people do have their inner demons/issues that the greater population is unaware of.
    Hans Reiser was another one. At the time his filesystem was one of the best out there, yet his personal life was in a shambles. Ian made a tremendous
    contribution to the Linux community, and a testament to this is that even though he is gone, Debian will continue ...

    • When you are smarter than even smart people, life can become a curse, it is absolutely draining and demoralising situation to be in every day. When every the very best around you say and do things that are clearly ill considered, aka stupid.

      When they say X is obvious, or X is the only solution and you clearly see unconsidered pitfalls and three superior alternatives.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"