GIF Inventor Dies From COVID-19

Stephen Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF, died in intensive care from COVID-19 at the age of 74 last March 14.

Kathaleen, Wilhite’s wife, said that he contracted the virus just two weeks before his death and was hospitalized near their home in Milford, Ohio.

“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,’” Kathaleen said to the New York Post.

“And he was running a fever, throwing up so badly. And then the next day he started coughing badly,” Kathaleen added.

Kathaleen said she was at home when she got a call from the hospital last Monday telling her she needed to get there. 

Shortly after Kathaleen arrived, her husband died, surrounded by family.

“It’s just so bad. It’s just so tragic,” Kathaleen said.

Wilhite’s obituary tribute wall on Megie Funeral Home is filled with messages from colleagues and people around the world. The comments are about his hard work and tremendous contributions to the Internet experience of the people.

“Even with all his accomplishments, he remained a very humble, kind, and good man,” Wilhite’s obituary read.


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