GIF inventor dies of Covid-19 complications, Twitter responds with torrent of GIF tributes
GIF creator Steve Wilhite has died aged 74 after contracting Covid-19, NPR reports. According to his wife Kathaleen Wilhite, her husband contracted the virus on March 1 and was subsequently hospitalized, dying on March 14.
Wilhite’s wife told NPR that her husband had a lifelong passion for tinkering with his designs and computer programming, which continued in the weeks leading up to his diagnosis. It was in 1987 when Wilhite developed the “Graphics Interchange Format” (GIF) while working at CompuServe. In a rare interview via Facebook in 2012, he told the Daily Dot, “I think the first GIF was an airplane photo. It was a long time ago.”