Co-founder of Russia's biggest search engine dies

July 28, 2013
Ilya Segalovich, left, CTO of Yandex, and CEO Arkady Volozh, pose for photos in front of the Nasdaq Market Site following the company's IPO, in this May 24, 2011 file photo taken in New York. Russia's largest search engine, Yandex, said Sunday July 28, 2013 its co-founder Ilya Segalovich died Saturday. He was 48. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(AP)—Russia's largest search engine, Yandex, says its co-founder Ilya Segalovich has died. He was 48.

Yandex director general Arkady Volozh said that Segalovich died Saturday at a London hospital.

Volozh said in the company's blog that Segalovich was diagnosed with last year. He responded positively to chemical therapy, but then developed a that caused his death.

Yandex announced Segalovich's death Thursday, but corrected itself within hours, saying that he was on life support with no brain function. Volozh said doctors removed life support after it became clear Segalovich couldn't be saved.

Segalovich, 48, founded Yandex in 2003 with Volozhh, his school friend. The company has been a Russian success story, with a share of 62 percent of the search engine market in Russia compared with Google's 25.6 percent.

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2 / 5 (12) Jul 28, 2013
Doctors said he died of natural causes, and the multiple lacerations to his head and torso, the missing fingernails, the lungs full of water, the cement shoes he was wearing, and the four gunshot wounds to the back of his head did not contribute to the cause of death.

Putin said "this is the worst case of suicide ever documented in the Sovie..., er, Russia. Fortunately, he left his majority ownership in Yandex to the State, being the great patriot that he was."
1.6 / 5 (7) Jul 28, 2013
Ilya Segalovich is not his full name. I met Ilya and Arkady in 1995 to advertise our company directly. Instead we went with what was then a revolutionary pay-per-click system that returned no results LOL

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