Today, the passing of Ebbe Altberg was officially announced by Patch Linden:
Hello, Community of Second Life
Second Life found new highs in 2020 between a worldwide pandemic taking grip, through the times of a tumultuous leadership change in the United States, and during movements of civil changes that will forever live in history books. Second Life provides many with the comfort of a normal that continues to exist for all of us, where many use it to escape real life pressures, stressors and day to day challenges. In Second Life we can be our ideal, our best, celebrate all that is good across the world together. Sadly we have also seen some people go, and they will never be forgotten as they touched us, gave us their best from their hearts, minds and souls – this thing called real life sometimes knocks on our door and makes a call.
This is one of those calls.
Ebbe Altberg started with Linden Lab as our CEO on February 5th, 2014. He took the helm of the company and immediately went to work on reinvigorating our spirit and culture. Ebbe brought a profound openness, and transparency in his operation which was key and that had many effects on all of us internally, and externally. Lindens were encouraged to be part of the vibrant community in Second Life, to participate in and to cherish it as part of our daily duties. Ebbe also worked internally on embracing all aspects of Second Life, learning about its many nuances to understand impacts of decisions we make; while being sensitive to those and utilizing all of our resources, which firstly included you, the community, and many of us who are deeply embedded in Second Life. Ebbe’s goals for Second Life included promoting Second Life as the world’s best virtual world, community and platform. He also sought new adventures in building next generation products.
As I am here before you today, it is with profound sadness that I share with you Ebbe passed away yesterday evening restfully and surrounded by the love of his family.
I commit to all of you to carry forward with our mission of making Second Life the biggest, best, most vibrant virtual world that there ever can be. Together, myself, Grumpity, and Brett, along with Oberwolf at the helm and the entire team, our mission is clear. To grow Second Life and to ensure the Residents in Second Life continue to be respected and happy.
Rest in peace Ebbe, our fearless, kind, loving, gentle leader, and friend.
Patch Linden and The Linden Lab Team
These are indeed very sad news; Ebbe was, at least to my eyes, the best CEO Linden Lab ever had. He was methodical, hard-working, understood Second Life much better than most, and he also made it his priority to allow users to feel safe and welcome within this virtual world. He will be sorely missed. All I can say is that I’m truly shocked at his untimely death. Even from this little soapbox, I extend my sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Goodbye, Ebbe. Goodbye. And thank you.
PS: I’ve written more on this here.