Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Diaspora co-founder, dead at 22

Diaspora co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy has passed away at the age of 22.

TechCrunch broke the news Sunday, reporting that “word began to spread around the tech community.”

Zhitomirskiy was one of the four students at New York University who launched the highly successful Diaspora project.

The project, as stated in an October email from the team, described the network as a place “where you’ll have total control over your privacy, identity, and data.”

Begun as a Kickstarter project with a goal of $10,000, the project raised over $200,000. Many publications claimed that the high response to the project may have been in response to the privacy-invasive environment created by Facebook.

The cause of his death has not yet been reported.