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Aaron Swartz was 'killed by the government,' father tells mourners 15 Jan 2013 Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet genius, was eulogized on Tuesday as a person who wanted to make the world better but was hounded into [allegedly] killing himself by harsh government policies. Swartz was "killed by the government," his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles," he said. Facing the possibility of a long prison sentence if convicted of charges that he illegally downloaded millions of academic journal articles, Swartz hanged himself in his New York apartment Friday.