HQ Trivia and Vine founder Colin Kroll dead at 35 – CNET

Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, has died at the age of 35.

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Colin Kroll, the co-founder and CEO of the popular trivia game app HQ Trivia, was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday. He was 35.

Kroll was discovered by New York Police Department officers conducting a wellness check, the NYPD said in a statement, confirming a TMZ report. His death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

"We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it's with deep sadness that we say goodbye," an HQ Trivia spokeswoman said in a statement. "Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time."

HQ Trivia has exploded in popularity since its launch in September 2017. Developed by Intermedia Labs, the live streaming game is held twice a day, offering cash prizes for those who answer all the questions correctly.

Before co-founding HQ Trivia, Kroll was one of the creators of Vine, the widely used but now defunct 6-second video app. Twitter, which reportedly purchased the startup in 2012 for $30 million, shut it down in 2016.

Originally published at 9:55 a.m. PT.
Update, 12:10 p.m. PT: Adds HQ Trivia statement.

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