Colin Kroll, Co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia found dead at New York apartment ‘apparent drug overdose’
Mr Colin Kroll,35 co-founder of the HQ Trivia app and Vine, has been found dead in his New York apartment, apparent drug overdose.
NYC Police Department said, officer was call early on Sunday by Kroll’s girlfriend asking for a wellbeing check on him.
When police arrived at his apartment on Spring Street near the Soho district, they found him unconscious and unresponsive on his bed and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Medical examiner’s report to determine cause of death but confirmed that drugs appeared to be involved.
Kroll was the chief executive of the trivia app, which livestreams short trivia shows to users and became extremely popular after its release in 2017 before later experiencing a decline in popularity.
In January, the business phone app HQ was in the top 10 list of most downloaded iPhone games. It’s now fluctuating between #250 and 500 in the U.S
The Tech executive and internet Businessman served as CEO HQ Trivia company he co-founded with Rus Yusupov.
In 2012, Mr Kroll was part of the team that invented short-form video platform Vine, and followed the company when it was bought by Twitter.
He was fired from Twitter after he was determined to be a “bad manager.” Female employees claimed his behavior made them uncomfortable, however, no sexual harassment claims were ever filed.
Kroll was also the co-founder of Vine and was General Manager between 2013 and 2014. And, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Jetsetter. Prior to that, Kroll served as the Engineering Manager at Yahoo between 2007 to 2009.
Kroll studied computer science at Oakland University in southeastern Michigan, according to his profile on Crunchbase.