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Aaron Swartz's Partner: Why Aaron died: I believe that Aaron's death was not caused by depression.

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Aaron Swartz's partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman
"I believe that Aaron's death was not caused by depression.

I say this with the understanding that many other people would not have made the same choice that Aaron made, even under the same pressures he faced...

I say this despite the fact that early on in our relationship, I had read and discussed with him his infamous blog post about suicide written years before -- so I was not unaware that he had struggled with mental health in the past.

I say this because over the last 20 months of his life, Aaron spent more time with me than with anyone else in the world. For much of the last 8 months of his life, we lived together, commuted together, and worked in the same office -- and I was never worried he was depressed until the last 24 hours of his life..."

If the prosecutors had dropped the charges he wouldn't be dead

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