Vine co-founder found dead in US after suspected drug overdose

34-year-old Colin Kroll was found unresponsive in his New York apartment

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Colin Kroll, co-founder of popular live game app HQ Trivia, has been found dead in his apartment in New York at the age of 34. Kroll, who also co-founded the video platform Vine, was found unconscious and unresponsive in his apartment by police after his girlfriend reportedly asked them to check on him. It has been suspected that Kroll died of drug overdose after drugs paraphernalia were found nearby his body, initial media reports suggested on Monday. 

HQ Trivia confirmed its co-founder's death on Twitter. "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 wrote on Twitter. A live trivia game on mobiles, HQ Trivia is a popular game in the US with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Bert and Sesame Street guest-hosting it. The free app live-streams quiz shows, with winners taking home thousands of dollars.

"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," tweeted Rus Yusupov, who co-founded HQ Trivia in the US in 2017 with Kroll. Kroll became CEO of the company in September. 

Prior to HQ Trivia, the duo had co-founded Vine, an app that was built around six-second videos. Vine was later acquired by Twitter, following which Kroll had briefly worked for the micro-blogging site. Vine was later discontinued by Twitter. 

While he was admired as a successful technology entrepreneur, Kroll also had his share of controversies, including bad management and inappropriate behaviour towards women in the workplace.