Alex King passed away at his home last night, after battling cancer for more than two and a half years. Alex was one of the original WordPress developers, and leaves a lasting legacy and impact on the WordPress community.
The prototypical WordPress developer and blogger, Alex King was a tremendously influential member of the WordPress ecosystem.
He was one of a very small group of people involved during the transition of b2 to WordPress. He helped to create the website that would become the first WordPress.com VIP client. He started the first WordPress-centric consulting agency. He was fundamental to the development and direction of dozens of WordPress features. He even created a small icon that would go on to become the ubiquitous “share icon”.
Alex was a selfless contributor, a driven entrepreneur, and a friend to many. He was also a husband to Heather and a father to Caitlin.
In addition to web work, Alex loved golf and photography. His blog is an outstanding example of the art, where he logged his story, his passions, and his challenges. I could not possibly tell his story better than he himself can.
Following are more valuable links to help remember Alex:
- His open battle with cancer
- His WordPress posts
- His photography
- His WordPress.org profile
- His interview for the WordPress history book
- Crowd Favorite, the agency he founded
- Peter Chester reflects on the impact Alex had in his life
- A remembrance from his friend Adam Tow
- Matt Mullenweg remembers Alex King
Today is a sad day for the WordPress community, and Alex King will be missed. May he rest in peace.