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HQ Trivia Co-Founder Colin Kroll Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose

The co-founder of the popular gaming app HQ Trivia app was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Sunday morning in New York, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Colin Kroll, 34, was well known in the tech industry, with HQ Trivia one of his most notable creations. Launched in August 2017, the app became a sensation as thousands joined in to win cash for correctly answering trivia questions.

“We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye,” HQ Trivia tweeted. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”

Scott Rogowsky, host of the game show dubbed “The Most Jewish App Since JSwipe,” also tweeted his condolences.

Before HQ Trivia, Kroll first gained fame with his hit video app Vine. WSJ found that he also was the chief technology officer at Jetsetter, an engineering manager at Yahoo Inc. and a software manager at Right Media.

Police found Kroll in the bedroom of his Manhattan apartment, a law enforcement source told CNN. His girlfriend had called the New York Police Department asking for a wellness check.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher


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