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Hank Williams

Hank Williams, one of the few early African-American tech executives in Silicon Valley, died on Nov. 15 following a week-long stay at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, according to Rollingout.

He was being treated for complications from pneumonia and myocarditis, notes the report. He was 50.

His company Platform joined forces with Morehouse College and Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) to help raise the number of minority high school students and subsequent college students interested in computer science, writes USA Today.

He was among eight entrepreneurs who lived together in Silicon Valley for nine weeks in 2011 as part of the first NewME accelerator program, USA Today writes. Their experience was chronicled by CNN in the special Black In America: The New Promised Land — Silicon Valley.

Twitter users paid tribute to the pioneer.

Rest in peace, Mr. Williams.

SOURCE: Rollingout, USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter

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