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Colin Kroll, co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, found dead in Manhattan apartment

Posted at 12:41 PM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 15:20:35-05

NEW YORK — Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of the HQ Trivia game, has died, the company tweeted Sunday. He was 35.

“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.”

CEO of the HQ Trivia Game, Colin Kroll (Photo by Steven Lawton/Getty Images for Variety)

A woman called police at about 12:18 a.m. Sunday regarding a person in need of a medical assistance, authorities said.

Officers went to Kroll’s Spring Street apartment in SoHo and found him dead with no obvious signs of trauma.

According to several reports, drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment.

Kroll became CEO of HQ Trivia in 2015. He was also the co-founder of Vine.

The HQ Trivia app became available for iOS in Aug. 2017 and was available for androids at the end of that same year.

HQ Trivia became a popular app, where players can participate in daily trivia games in hopes of winning prize money.

“Time” magazine awarded it “App of the year” in 2017.