Colin Kroll, CEO and Founder of HQ Trivia, was found dead early Sunday morning by an apparent overdose, according to TMZ. He was 35 at the time of his death. Kroll's boyfriend called the police early on Sunday after she could not get in touch with him, which led the police to her Manhattan apartment. The police found Kroll's body in their bedroom with drug equipment nearby, TMZ reports.
Kroll was found "laying his face down in his bed unconsciously and responding" during a welfare check up just before midnight in his Spring Street apartment in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, according to Daily Beast, who confirmed the story of the New York Police Department officials. Responding medics pronounced him about an hour later.
The police told TMZ that they believed that the drugs involved were cocaine and heroin, often called "speedball" when they were blended together.
Kroll was CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, a successful game Show App
Kroll was appointed CEO of HQ Trivia in 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. HQ Trivia is an app that twice a day goes live and lets users play together in a live game show. Kroll co-founded HQ with Rus Yusupov, and the game debuted in August 2017, and immediately became a smash hit. HQ users compete with other players as part of the game play and win prize money if they get all 12 trivia questions right. The biggest prize pool to date is $ 400,000, according to the Telegraph.
More than 2 million people logged on to their phones during the Oscars to play the game, according to Time Magazine.
Before joining HQ Trivia, he was a Twitter advisor. Kroll also founded now-defunct app Vine, and had previously been Chief Technology Officer for Jetsetter. Kroll, Yusupov and Dom Hofmann launched Vine in 2013, and Kroll was the company's general manger between 2013 and 2014.
HQ Trivia has reportedly had problems in recent months, and public figures were still decreasing. In January, HQ was in the top 10 list of most downloaded iPhone games, according to TMZ, and is now between # 250-500. Kroll was also in the process of processing a HR complaint from an HQ employee for his "aggressive management style", TMZ reports.
According to New York Post, Kroll was kicked off Twitter after the allegations showed that he had "creepy" and "inappropriate" "Interactions with female colleagues, although no harassment cases were introduced."
Earlier this year, Kroll asked to say things in the workplace "that made someone feel unexplained or uncomfortable. "
Kroll was considered a" Passionate Talented & Hard Working Leader "by Professional Recommendations on his LinkedIn Profile
Despite his story with Twitter, Kroll has several positive recommendations on LinkedIn, calling him a "brilliant technician" and a passionate leader in his field.
"Colin is a brilliant technician who understands how business priorities interacts with delivering good, secure software, "a recommendation reader." We worked closely together on several Jetsetter-related projects, and he was an important ally for many of my projects. He has been able to recruit and assemble a good technological team in a short period of time, and build the Jetsetter website from scratch to a website that serves millions of users. I would strongly recommend him to any executive technology role. "
Another connection wrote:" Colin is a passionate, talented and hard working engineer with a clear vision and driving. He would be a great resource for any product engineering team who wants to build market-leading products. "
He was also a former technical engineer at Yahoo! from 2007-09, and Chief Technology Officer at Jetsetter from 2009-13, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Tributes on Social Media Cold News about Kroll's death and heartbreak  LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 09: Honoree Colin Kroll (R) accepts the breakthrough award for Emerging Technology from rapper Lil Jon on stage at this year's excellent breakthrough during the 2014 International CES at Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo of Isaac Brekken / Getty Images for Variety)
As a news about Kroll's proliferation, many social media users posted updates, calling their death "tragic" and mentioning how young the successful CEO was when he died.
"RIP Colin Kroll. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for transition to HQ CEO, "wrote the user Kerry Flynn." I could tell he was another guess himself, but everything he articulated was well thought out. Colin was smart and kind, not perfect, nobody is, but good. RIP. "
TV presenter and video game journalist Geoff Keighley la to: "Absolute heartbreaking. "
Andrew Watts, Marketing Director at HQ Trivia, wrote a now-deleted, broken message on Twitter following the news of Kroll's death spread:" What f-k. I am heartbreaking. What. "
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