HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll has died at the age of 34.
TMZ said that Kroll was found dead at his New York City apartment after his girlfriend failed to get in contact with him. Law enforcement sources told the site that they suspect an overdose, after finding “drug paraphernalia nearby”.
HQ Trivia have since issued a statement via Twitter, confirming Kroll’s death. “We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye,” it reads. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”
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
The site also confirmed that Kroll was 34 years old, after police first said he had passed away at 35.
Rus Yusupov, who co-founded the successful smartphone quiz app HQ Trivia alongside Kroll, has paid tribute by saying that “he made the world and internet a better place”.
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
Speaking to the New York Times, Kroll’s father Alan said: “He had so much talent and had accomplished so much at such a young age. It truly is a waste.”
Kroll founded the video social media site Vine in June 2012, along with Rus Yusupov and Dom Hofmann. The platform was bought by Twitter four months later.
He and Yusupov then founded HQ, with Kroll taking the CEO role from Yusupov in September.
HQ Trivia was in the top 10 most downloaded free iPhone games in January, after being launched in summer 2017.
This is a developing story and will be updated