Diversity Advocate Hank Williams Dies

Veteran tech entrepreneur and diversity advocate Hank Williams has died.

He was 50.

Williams, a resident of New York, died Sunday at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. He was being treated for complications from pneumonia and myocarditis, USA Today reports.

Williams founded Clickradio, an internet music company in 1998. He was also the brainchild behind Kloudco, a cloud storage and data management platform in 2008.

In 2012, he founded, a non-profit group aimed at increasing the interest and participation of Blacks, Latinos and women in the tech industry.

“He was a really passionate person. He was always happy,” said Angela Benton, founder of NewME, a tech accelerator platform based in San Francisco. “Not just about his work in the technology space but about diversifying technology and equality in the industry.”

Williams is survived by his wife and daughter.