Colin Kroll, tech exec who helped found Vine and HQ Trivia, dead at 34

Colin Kroll, a tech executive who co-founded the HQ Trivia app after success with Vine, has died in New York City at age 34.

The New York Police Department said officers went to Kroll’s Manhattan apartment early Sunday after getting a call asking for a wellness check on him.

They found him unconscious and unresponsive on his bed.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.

“He had so much talent and had accomplished so much at such a young age,” his father, Alan Kroll, told the New York Times. “It truly is a waste. At 34, imagine the things he’d done and the skills he had.”

Kroll was the chief executive of the trivia app, which live streams short trivia shows to users and became popular after its release in 2017.

The company released a statement Sunday saying its thoughts were with his “family, friends and loved ones.”

“We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye,” the HQ Trivia statement said.

Kroll also was a founder of Vine, which was an app built around six-second videos, and worked for a period at Twitter, who acquired and eventually shuttered Vine.

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