Enlarge / Honorees Rus Yusupov (L) and Colin Kroll accept the Breakthrough Award for Emerging Technology onstage at the Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards during the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images for Variety)
The co-founder of the popular smartphone-based trivia game, HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, was found dead at his New York apartment on Sunday, local media reported.
A New York Police Department spokesman told Ars that Kroll died of a drug overdose.
According to the New York Post, citing anonymous police sources, Kroll, 34, was found with marijuana and heroin near his body.
Kroll, back in 2012, also co-founded Vine, a popular video looping app that was quickly acquired by Twitter and later shuttered four years later.
On Sunday afternoon, HQ Trivia issued this tweet:
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
Rus Yusupov, Kroll’s fellow co-founder, also tweeted:
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
HQ Trivia, a live online game that awards cash prizes became incredibly popular in the months after its August 2017 debut, but its popularity has since waned.