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Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, was found dead

"We learned today that our friend and founder Colin Kroll has passed and it is with deep sorrow that we say goodbye," said a spokesperson for HQ in a mailed statement. "Our thoughts go out to their family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time." Police found Kroll in the bedroom in his apartment in New York after Kroll's girlfriend called the police department in New York and asked for a health check, a law enforcement source told CNN. Kroll was unconscious and answered and pronounced death on the scene. Police reported their family, according to New York police detective Ahmed Nasser. Kroll became a big name in the technology world after co-founding Vine, the current defensive looping platform that launched the career of many social media stars. 1 9659005] Twitter (TWTR) bought Vine 2012 and closed the platform four years later. Kroll and business partner Rus Yusupov continued to form Intermedia Labs, the company behind HQ Trivia. Real-time trivia game app launched in 2017 and was a breakout success. It increased to the top of Apple's free game schedule in the first two months of 2018. But its popularity has fallen – it has fallen out of the list of 100 free games in the iTunes App Store. Intermedia Labs is apparently in turmoil because it has struggled to revive an audience. Recode reported that Kroll worked with another board member to issue Yusupov, who served as CEO. Kroll then became CEO after Yusuprov was forced out.…

“We learned today that our friend and founder Colin Kroll has passed and it is with deep sorrow that we say goodbye,” said a spokesperson for HQ in a mailed statement. “Our thoughts go out to their family, friends and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”

Police found Kroll in the bedroom in his apartment in New York after Kroll’s girlfriend called the police department in New York and asked for a health check, a law enforcement source told CNN.

Kroll was unconscious and answered and pronounced death on the scene. Police reported their family, according to New York police detective Ahmed Nasser.

Kroll became a big name in the technology world after co-founding Vine, the current defensive looping platform that launched the career of many social media stars. 1

9659005] Twitter (TWTR) bought Vine 2012 and closed the platform four years later.

Kroll and business partner Rus Yusupov continued to form Intermedia Labs, the company behind HQ Trivia. Real-time trivia game app launched in 2017 and was a breakout success. It increased to the top of Apple’s free game schedule in the first two months of 2018.

But its popularity has fallen – it has fallen out of the list of 100 free games in the iTunes App Store.

Intermedia Labs is apparently in turmoil because it has struggled to revive an audience.

Recode reported that Kroll worked with another board member to issue Yusupov, who served as CEO. Kroll then became CEO after Yusuprov was forced out.

When he was prepared to take on the role, questions arose about his behavioral concern. A formal HR complaint accused him of “inappropriate and unprofessional” behavior, Recode reported and sources told Kroll earlier fired from Twitter for poor management.

Intermedia Lab told Recode that a third party’s investigation of the complaint “gave no worries.”

CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.

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