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Inventor of the GIF Steve Wilhite Has Passed Away

Computer programmer Steve Wilhite, probably best known as the inventor of the GIF, has passed away. The internet staple graphics interchange format (GIF) was created in 1987 while Wilwhite worked for CompuServe.

Steve’s wife Kathaleen Wilhite confirmed to NPR he had passed away due to COVID-19 complications.

“It came on suddenly. He woke up one morning and he said, ‘Honey, I don’t feel good. I don’t feel good at all.’ And he was running a fever, throwing up so badly. And then the next day he started coughing badly,” Kathaleen said.

Thank you for your contribution to our daily lives, Steve. But we’ll never call it a “jif,” even though you pronounced it that way.

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