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Unfortunately no; it was unambiguously suicide.

Depression is a horrible, horrible thing, both for those who experience it and the people who love them. Len was a brilliant, sensitive, loving man with the rotten luck to be too tormented by his own brain chemistry to realise how much he was valued by so many people, no matter how often we told him.

He was 31.

I am so sorry. My ex was prone to depression. I can't imagine what I would have done had he taken his own life.

I'm dreadfully bad at the whole condolences thing. I hope you get the support you need to get you through this.

And thank you for taking the time to respond here on HN.

I am so saddened by your loss. Depression has taken so many people from all of us and shows no sign of being solved. My hope is that he's at peace and that you are able to find the inner strength to continue living, as difficult as that will be. Please know that you're in our thoughts and hearts as you go through this awful time.

Len was a huge part of my young teen years back in Pottstown Pa...I remember burning our first CD together (11 hours) playing the Hill Schools version of Zorg and of course YMCA Leaders. We grew apart and only communicated on occasion over the past few years. I don't know what I can do or say I am truly at a complete loss as to what to do or say, if anyone knows who to get in touch with it would be a great help. Leaderkam at gmail.

I am so, so sorry. I only "met" him (online) near the start of June, so it's probably not my place to be sad, but from what little I knew of him, Len was a brilliant, inspiring, and often witty man, and I'm profoundly sorry that this has happened. If there's anything at all that I can do to help, I'd be more than willing.

Really sorry to hear this.. I only new Len from the few times we hung out around Code Con in San Francisco and he was always amazingly nice, constructive, and curious about anything regarding computer science, tech, and generally a fun guy.

Sad to find out this news. :-(

I don't even quite know what to say. I knew Len from back in the mid-90s and had sporadic occasion to correspond with him for the many years after (always via PGP- of course). All I can do is reflect back to tell you that, indeed, he was valued.

- Black Unicorn

LeaderKam, I was in Teen Leaders with you, and I went to Hill with Len. I'm sure you can deduce who I am from that. I'm sorry for your loss, it's quite a shock to me even if we lost contact after Hill. RIP Len.

I knew Len back from Bar Area cypherpunks days and later CodeCon. He was inspiring and always a clear thinker on topics we discussed. His contributions to liberty and privacy were significant. I will miss him.


len was a huge inspiration to me, i am so glad that i got to spend the time with him i did.

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