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Co-founder CEO Vine HQ Trivia Colin Kroll dead ‘cocaine & heroin overdose’ Manhattan apartment at 35

Co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia Colin Kroll is found dead ‘of an apparent cocaine and heroin overdose’ in his Manhattan apartment aged 35

  • HQ Trivia’s CEO and co-founder Colin Kroll was found dead of an apparent overdose in his New York City apartment Sunday morning 
  • Kroll, who was also a co-founder of Vine, was not answering calls from his girlfriend so she called police
  • When police arrived they found Kroll dead in his bedroom with drug paraphernalia nearby
  • Police believe cocaine and heroin were the drugs they found in the bedroom 
  • HQ Trivia was on the top 10 most downloaded games on iPhone in January 
  • However their spot slid to between 250 and 500 since the beginning of the year 

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia was found dead in his New York City apartment early Sunday morning in what is believed to be an overdose. He was 35-years-old. 

The New York City Police Department tells DailyMail.com they received a call at 12:15am Sunday morning for a welfare check from Kroll’s girlfriend who said she couldn’t get in touch with him.

When police arrived at his apartment on Spring Street they found him unresponsive in his bedroom.

A source adds that drugs believed to be cocaine and heroin were also found in the apartment.    

Colin Kroll, CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia and previously of Vine, was found dead in his New York City apartment of an apparent overdose at 35-years-old 

Police found Kroll dead in his apartment on Spring Street (pictured) shortly after midnight Sunday morning with drugs believed to be cocaine and heroin near by 

Kroll was named the CEO of HQ Trivia in 2015, prior to that he was the co-founder of Vine and did a brief stint at Twitter.

When Twitter purchased Vine, they brought Kroll on board. 

However 18 months after being hired with Twitter Kroll was fired over allegations lodged against him by female colleagues.     

His colleagues described him as ‘abrasive and disinterested, and said he could be verbally abusive to colleagues.’

HQ Trivia which had been in the top 10 list of downloaded iPhone games in January but had been sliding to between the top 250 to 500 spot. 

Colin (far right) pictured with his family on Christmas Eve of 2015 

Colin (far right) pictured with his family on Christmas Eve of 2015 

HQ Trivia is a live game show app in which users compete for cash prizes if they are able to answer all 12 trivia questions correctly 

HQ Trivia users compete with other players as part of a live game show. Players who are able to answer at 12 trivia questions correctly stand to win prize money.  

Kroll was facing a complaint filed with H.R. by an HQ employee for his ‘aggressive management style.’ 

He was also a co-founder of Vine and was the Chief Technology Officer for Jetsetter.

From 2007 to 2009 he was the engineering manager at Yahoo.   

The Medical Examiner’s office will determine the exact cause of death.  



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk