Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, an app and trivia game, has died of an alleged drug overdose. He was 35.
The Daily Beast reported that a senior New York Police Department official said Kroll was found dead in his apartment late Saturday from an apparent overdose. Officials said police arrived at his apartment after his girlfriend called for a welfare check.
An NYPD spokesperson told BuzzFeed News Kroll was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. Sunday. The spokesperson said the department was waiting for a medical examiner's report.
Before co-founding HQ Trivia, Kroll was the co-founder of Vine. Twitter bought the popular 6-second video app in 2012, USA Today reported. The app was shut down in 2016.
Both Vine and HQ Trivia were founded by Kroll and Rus Yusupov, who issued his condolences on Twitter.
So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and co-founder Colin Kroll. My thoughts & prayers go out to his loved ones. I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart. He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother.— Rus (@rus) December 16, 2018
We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it's with deep sadness that we say goodbye. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.— HQ Trivia (@hqtrivia) December 16, 2018
An investigation into the death is ongoing.
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