Colin Kroll, the 34-year old CEO of HQ Trivia and co-founder of video hosting service Vine, was found dead in his apartment in New York. His passing has been apparently attributed to a drug-overdose.
Events Leading to the Discovery
The New York Police Department said that they received a call from a woman regarding Colin’s unresponsiveness. She was worried for his safety, and hence called the 911 to check up on him. Upon reaching the scene the police found Colin Kroll lying unconscious, face-down on his bed. Drugs were discovered by this bedside. However the police are yet to confirm the involvement of drugs in his death.
The late Kroll’s father, shared his feelings about his son’s passing, later in an interview. He said,
He had so much talent and had accomplished so much at such a young age. It truly is a waste. At 34, imagine the things he’d done and the skills he had. It would have been really fun to watch him at 50. I guess that won’t happen.— Colin Kroll’s father
HQ Trivia said that they learnt of the news on Sunday.
The spokesperson tweeted the company’s grief in the event of the passing of their co-founder, Colin Kroll.
We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye,” she said in an email. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”— HQ Trivia Spokesperson
Colin Kroll was not just famous for creating HQ Trivia, but also for his video app, Vine. Vine was a short-form video hosting service where users could share six-second-long looping videos. Vine was a raging success and was later sold to micro-blogging site Twitter in the year 2012. Kroll had also worked with Twitter for a short while, post this.
Kroll’s latest venture was HQ Trivia, a live-streaming game show which handed out real cash to a player. Founded by Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov, users can participate in daily trivia games at no cost. The games, essentially trivia quizzes are such that the players can win money by answering questions correctly. Each player is allotted 10 seconds to answer a question.
Upon learning of Kroll’s passing, Co-founder Rus took to the micro-blogging site to share his grief.
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
Colin Kroll never stopped spearheading the company to greater heights.
However, it is being said that he had tough luck with a few investors in the company, following his work record at Twitter.
It is apparently said that this disturbed him to quite an extent, as he felt that he had not harassed or hurt anyone willingly.
His father, who lives in the suburbs of Detroit, said that Colin was a sheer hard worker who would put in ‘100’ hours of work in a week. He said that his son was what we call, a ‘tough boss’.
We deeply regret the passing of such a young and talented person, who definitely made the world a better place for millions of people!.
Rest in peace, Colin Kroll.