Motwani, who was born in Jammu, grew up in Delhi and graduated from IIT Kanpur, was found in the backyard swimming pool of his Palo Alto home he purchased three years ago. Though there was no official word about the cause of death, friends and local reports said that he did not know how to swim and may have drowned accidentally.
Rajeev Motwani is best known for mentoring Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who founded Google in Mountain View, California. Brin after hearing news of Rajeev's death wrote in his blog, "his legacy and personality live on in the students, projects and companies he has touched. Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it."
Motwani founded Mining Data at Stanford, or MIDAS, a group that helped develop data-management concepts. Rajeev Motwani who was only 47 leaves behind his wife Asha Jadeja and daughters Naitri and Anya.