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Man Who Killed Himself at Apple HQ Identified as 25-Year-Old Employee

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The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner has released the name of the Apple employee found dead at its Cupertino headquarters yesterday.


According to a tweet by Matt Keller, a reporter at ABC7 who has been closely following the story, the employee was identified as 25-year-old Edward Mackowiak.


A search suggests that social media profiles with Mackowiak’s name and the title “software engineer at Apple” have been deleted at LinkedIn and Twitter.

The coroner’s office has not released the cause of death. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment.

Apple released this statement yesterday: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple. We are working to support them however we can in this difficult time.”


Update, 8:05 p.m. EDT: An Apple spokesperson declined to comment to Reuters and would not confirm Mackowiak’s role at the company.

Update, 8:40 p.m. EDT: The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death as suicide.


Update, 9:26 p.m. EDT: A statement from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed reports of a gun found on the scene: “The Medical Examiner determined the manner of death was suicide and the cause was a gunshot to the head.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255, alongside numerous online resources.


Alissa is the former urbanism editor at Gizmodo.

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I hope it’s not overwork. Does Apple do Crunch Time like many other companies?