Colin Kroll, CEO and Co-Founder of HQ Trivia, Dead of Apparent Overdose

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Colin Kroll, the co-founder and CEO of HQ Trivia, was found dead early Sunday morning in his Manhattan apartment.

He was 35 years old.

Colin Kroll in 2014

According to TMZ, Kroll's girlfriend called police and asked for someone to check on Kroll after she grew concerned because she could not get in touch with him.

Cops then went to Kroll's's downtown Manhattan residence, entered... and discovered Kroll's body in his bedroom. He was face down and there was drug paraphernalia nearby.

It is believed that he died of an overdose.

At this point (before any tests have been run, we ought to note), law enforcement officials think Kroll passed away due to a mixture of cocaine and heroin.

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Kroll was named CEO of HQ Trivia in 2015.

A year earlier, he was fired from Twitter after he was determined to be a "bad manager," most notably because female employees alleged his behavior made them uncomfortable.

However, no sexual harassment claims were ever filed.

Kroll was also the co-founder of Vine and served as the General Manager of this company/platform between 2013 and 2014.

Morever, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Jetsetter.

Prior to that role, Kroll worked as the Engineering Manager at Yahoo between 2007 to 2009.

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Here is the official NYPD statement on the incident:

On Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 0018 hours, police responded to a 911 call for a wellness check at 56 Spring Street within the confines of the 5th Precinct.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a 35-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive in a bedroom.

EMS responded and pronounced the individual deceased on scene. The investigation is ongoing and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

HQ Trivia is a live quiz app; it was launched in August of 2017 and was one of iPhone's 10 most-downloaded apps in January of this year.

At the moment, however, it has fallen down to somewhere between 250 and 500.


Representatives for HQ Trivia were not immediately available to comment.

Kroll does not leave behind any kids.

May he rest in peace.

We'll update this story with more news as it breaks.

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