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Last year, one of them – with a dozen drugs in his system – flew his plane into a mountain.

Now one of them drowned in his home pool. He couldn’t swim.

Atherton police on Sunday said they are waiting for an autopsy before investigating the apparent accidental drowning death of Rajeev Motwani, a Stanford professor who inspired the co-founders of Google and influenced a generation of computer scientists.

“We’re kind of in limbo,” Atherton police Sgt. Tim Lynch said. “It could have been a simple accident or many other things.”

One of Motwani’s friends said the professor held a party at his home Thursday night with Stanford colleagues and students to celebrate the end of the school year. He had gone outside after the guests left to wind down and enjoy a cigar. The family’s nanny found Motwani the next morning apparently drowned in the pool, said Vish Mishra, a friend and colleague of Motwani’s…

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2 Responses to “Another Stanford Professor’s Death Under Investigation”

  1. University Diaries » Rajeev Motwani… Says:

    […] an influential Stanford university computer sciences professor, was found dead in his swimming pool last […]

  2. David Says:

    "We’re kind of in limbo," Atherton police Sgt. Tim Lynch said. "It could have been a simple accident or many other things."

    That’s weird.

    Reminds me of a story from ’08.

    http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/16-02/ff_aimystery?currentPage=2
    Two AI Pioneers. Two Bizarre Suicides. What Really Happened?
    By David Kushner 01.18.08

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