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Beloved creator of the GIF dies following complications from COVID, wife confirms

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Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF file format, poses in 2013 at the Webby Awards in New York City. That year, the Webby Awards honored Wilhite with a lifetime achievement award. He played a GIF as his acceptance speech, which iterated the pronunciation as "jif," not "gif."

Steve Wilhite, the creator of the GIF, died at age 74 due to complications from COVID-19.

(Image credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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