Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson, who was credited with the invention of email, has died at the age of 74. He was known for his computer programming skills and the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another in 1971.

His invention included the ground-breaking use of the @ symbol in email addresses, which is now standard phenomenon. He was a modern day hero.

According to reports, Tomlinson died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday.