Tateru Nino of Massively has sad and surprising news: the woman behind the avatar known as Kendra Bancroft has died at the far too young age of 49. In real life a voiceover actress (she eerily sounded like Susan Sontag), Kendra was one of Second Life's earliest adopters, joining in June of 2004; a talented metaverse builder, she created the cityscape of Neualtenburg, an experimental and ultimately contentious experiment in collectivist democracy. (That's her hoisting an ale with me in te Bavarian-esque town square.) I met her at the first SLCC in New York City, close to where she lived, and found her warm, sharply intellgent, charming. She was among the first to innovate passionately in a new medium, and she will be missed.