Vine co-founder, Colin Kroll, found dead at 34
17 December 2018, 15:48 | Updated: 17 December 2018, 16:33
RIP Colin Kroll
Colin Kroll, the co-founder of Vine was found dead in his New York City apartment at the age of 34.
According to TMZ, Kroll's girlfriend called police early Sunday and asked them to check up on him after she was unable to make contact with him. Police entered his downtown Manhattan apartment and found Kroll's body in his bedroom. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the New York medical examiner’s office will now determine the cause of death.
After Vine was bought, and then subsequently shut down by Twitter, Kroll went on to create HQ Trivia with fellow Vine creator Rus Yusupov. The quiz app was initially very popular when it launched in August 2017 but more recently in had seen a slump in players and downloads.
HQ Trivia issued this statement about Kroll's passing: “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.”
Kroll’s Vine and Trivia HQ co-founder, Rus Yusupov, posted his condolences on Twitter. “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."
Dom Hofmann, the third co-creator of Vine (who is developing Vine 2, now known as Byte) is yet to post a tribute of his own, but has been sharing condolence messages about Colin on his Twitter.
Here are a few of the messages of condolences from Colin's family, friends and colleagues.
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 (@hqtrivia) December 16, 2018
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.— Rus (@rus) December 16, 2018
Colin Kroll was a true visionary who changed the app game twice, and with HQ he changed my life. He poured his heart and soul into his work and was incredibly proud of what his team accomplished. I will forever be grateful for his friendship, his leadership, and his belief in me.— Scott Rogowsky (@ScottRogowsky) December 17, 2018
I posted this photo just a few days ago. Now, with a heavy heart, I’m posting it again. Thank you for your world-changing creations, Colin Kroll, and for allowing me the opportunity to be involved. A brilliant mind gone way too soon. 💔 pic.twitter.com/2PkrW8iB1g— Sharon Carpenter (@sharoncarpenter) December 17, 2018
RIP Colin Kroll you made a lot of people happy, rest easy! 🖤— BRENNEN (@BrennenTaylor) December 16, 2018
Remembering one of my best friends the only way I imagine he would approve — it’s been a wild ride and I wish it wasn’t ending like this. Such an incredible, brilliant & caring human. Colin Kroll I will forever love and miss you. pic.twitter.com/1Fd5xJOYvY— Nick Gallo (@nickgallo) December 16, 2018
this very sunday a year ago i couldn't sleep because i was so excited to start my new job at hq. now i can't sleep because my heart breaks for the loved ones of the brilliant kind man who brought me onto the team & believed in me more than i did. rest in peace ck grateful for you pic.twitter.com/tnGZwl4dE1— lisa (@luoser) December 17, 2018
From everyone at We The Unicorns and PopBuzz, we'd like to send our condolences to Colin's friends and family. RIP Colin.