The CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, has died at the age of 35.
As reported by TMZ, Kroll’s girlfriend called officers to ask them to conduct a welfare check on him when she was unable to get in touch with him.
Kroll’s cause of death is reportedly a drug overdose, with officers suspecting cocaine and heroin to be the substances involved, according to TMZ.
The publication’s law enforcement sources claim Kroll’s body was discovered in a bedroom at his downtown Manhattan apartment ‘with drug paraphernalia nearby’.
A senior New York Police Department (NYPD) official told The Daily Beast how Kroll was found ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ lying face down in his bed shortly before midnight. Approximately one hour later, he was pronounced dead by medics.
Digidays platforms reporter, Kerry Flynn, tweeted the following tribute to Kroll:
RIP Colin Kroll. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about transition to HQ CEO.
I could tell he was second guessing himself but everything he articulated was well thought out. Colin was smart af and kind, not perfect, no one is, but good. RIP. [sic]
Video game journalist and presenter, Geoff Keighley, tweeted:
Marketing director at HQ Trivia, Andrew Watts, tweeted:
What the f*ck. I’m heartbroken. What.
RIP Colin Kroll. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about transition to HQ CEO. I could tell he was second guessing himself but everything he articulated was well thought out. Colin was smart af and kind, not perfect, no one is, but good. RIP 🙏🙏🙏❤️ https://t.co/BrELbHJv13
— Kerry Flynn 🐶 (@kerrymflynn) December 16, 2018
HQ Trivia, which debuted in August 2017, once had a place in the top 10 most downloaded iPhone games. In 2017, Time Magazine awarded the trivia game the title of App of the Year.
However, as reported by TMZ, HQ Trivia has experienced difficulties in recent months, with participant numbers steadily dwindling; dropping from the top ten to around 250-to-500.
TMZ have also reported how Kroll had been dealing with a HR complaint made by an HQ employee, alleging Kroll had an ‘aggressive management style’.
I’m so rattled by the news. He, Rus and Dom changed the game for so many with Vine and then he and Rus brought the fun with HQ. And that’s what I’ll remember. You’re right, none of us are perfect. All we can do is our best. My deepest condolences go out to his family. RIP Colin. https://t.co/F1mdQTth2g
— Lizza Monet Morales #LoveInAction (@xoxoLizza) December 16, 2018
As well as co-founding HQ Trivia, tech executive Kroll also founded Vine, and had previously held the position of Chief Technology Officer for travel site Jetsetter.
Kroll was named as HQ Trivia’s CEO in 2015, a year after he was dismissed from his role at Twitter after being described as a ‘bad manager’.
Some female employees had reportedly claimed Kroll’s behaviour had made them feel uncomfortable. However, no sexual harassment claims against him have ever been filed.
Wow RIP to the founder of Vine, the greatest app of all time #ColinKroll
— Jawn-Ralphio Saperstein (@THR33von) December 16, 2018
— Marla White (@marlawhite) December 16, 2018
The Medical Examiner’s office will now determine the precise cause of death.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Colin Kroll at this difficult time.
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.