Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine apps, dies at 34

Colin Kroll, the co-founder of the HQ Trivia and Vine apps, died on Sunday in his New York City apartment at age 34.

Police officers responded to a 911 wellness check at Kroll's Manhattan apartment on Sunday morning, a New York Police Department spokesman confirmed to The Hill. The officers discovered Kroll unconscious and unresponsive in the bedroom, and shortly afterward pronounced him dead.


The investigation is still ongoing and a medical examiner will determine the cause of his death.

Kroll was a rising star in the tech world, having co-founded HQ Trivia in 2015 and Vine in 2012. Vine, the app that produced six-second videos that played on loop, shuttered in 2017. 

Kroll was named CEO of the HQ Trivia mobile game show app earlier this year after he helped found it in 2015, TechCrunch reported. HQ Trivia at the peak of its popularity was the No. 1 trivia game in the U.S. with more than 12.5 million downloads. 

"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 spokesperson said in a statement. "Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time."

"So sad to hear about the passing of my friend and co-founder Colin Kroll," tweeted fellow HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov. "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."