Colin Kroll, the co-founder of Vine and the wildly popular game app HQ Trivia, has died of a suspected drug overdose in New York City.
A representative for the New York City Police Department said that they had found a 34-year-old male unresponsive in the bedroom of his Lower Manhattan apartment.
He was found after a distress call was issued by his girlfriend stating she had not heard from him, asking the police to kindly do a routine check on him.
His father stated that he knew his son had drug issues, but he only took them once in a while to lighten up his mood, and for some time now he gave up drinking alcohol. The police also said that they found some hard drugs in his apartment though he did not take them rather overdosed on an undisclosed drug.
His father also said,
“He had so much talent and had accomplished so much at such a young age,” he told the Times. “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.”
Created by Kroll and Rus Yusupov, HQ Trivia is a live trivia game that streams at 9 p.m. every day, and 3 p.m. on weekdays. Each show features 12 questions players must answer correctly within 10 seconds to win a cash prize.
HQ Trivia was considered a viral hit when it launched last year, however recent reports suggest internal turmoil as the game’s popularity ebbed. Last month, the website Recode reported that an HQ employee filed a formal complaint against Kroll for his aggressive management style.
Yusupov, who also co-founded Vine alongside Kroll and Dom Hoffman, paid tribute to Kroll 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.
“I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart,” he said. “He made the world and internet a better place.”