Bik Pu, 37, a single South Korean man who worked in a Seoul office apparently committed suicide over the loss of "Clippy."
Clippy was an animated paper-clip that was found in the Microsoft Office suite of software used on most computers. It had been included in previous versions of Office since 1997 but had been removed in Microsoft's latest offering, Office 2007.
Mr. Pu was found early Monday morning slumped over his desk with a bullet hole in his temple and a pistol on the floor. Suicide is suspected and a suicide note was found on his desk. Time of death was estimated to be around 9pm on Friday.
Seoul police released the short suicide note that ended with, "Life is not worth living without Clippy. He was my only friend."
Mr. Pu had no living relatives and his neighbours said he was very quiet, kept to himself and always paid his rent on time.
A Microsoft spokesperson said, "We are sorry to hear about Mr. Pu. The majority of customers hated Clippy and were glad to see him go. Even Bill Gates needs help cleaning his mailbox of Clippy complaints and threats every morning. They have been coming in steadily since 1997."