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Friday 29 August 2014

Bitcoin Pioneer Hal Finney Dies from ALS At 58

On 28th August Hal Finney, a cryptographer and pioneer in the bitcoin world passed away due to ALS disease. Hal was the first person to receive a bitcoin transaction from Satoshi Nakamoto, helped in the earliest stages to get bitcoin off the ground and turn it into what it is today.

Rest in peace, Hal.

UPDATE: Via New York Times

Hal Finney, a cryptographer and one of the earliest users and developers of the virtual currency Bitcoin, died on Thursday in Phoenix. He was 58.

Mr. Finney had been paralyzed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., and was taken off life support at Paradise Valley Hospital, his wife, Fran Finney, said. She said his body was immediately prepared for cryonic preservation by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to his wishes.

A graduate of the California Institute of Technology, Mr. Finney was a longtime futurist who put his programming skills to work in the service of his ideals, particularly his desire to see the privacy of individuals protected.

Read the full article here: New York Times

Bitcoin Pioneer Hal Finney Dies from ALS At 58
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