Bitcoin Boss's 'Unnatural' Death Probed By Police
Police have confirmed they are investigating the "unnatural death" of a Bitcoin exchange chief executive - the latest setback for the troubled virtual currency.
Autumn Radtke, 28, an American, was found dead at the base of a Singapore apartment block on February 26.
Officers say it is unclear how the boss of First Meta died, but they have ruled out foul play amid unconfirmed reports linking her with depression.
Her death was announced as the virtual currency community attempts to shore up its future after the collapse of Tokyo-based Mt Gox, one of the longest-established Bitcoin exchanges, due to a suspected theft worth nearly half a billion dollars.
Canada-based Flexcoin was also forced to shut down, saying that someone attacked its systems and stole nearly $600,000 worth of Bitcoins.
There was nothing to suggest that First Meta was in trouble and reports suggested that while online last month Ms Radtke linked to an article on entrepreneurs suffering depression, commenting above the link: "Everything has its price."
The Singapore Police Force said it received a call early on February 26 requesting assistance at a public housing block on the fringe of the central business district.
"A woman in her 20s was found lying motionless," police said in a statement.
"She was pronounced dead at scene by paramedics. Police are investigating the unnatural death."
The term "unnatural death" is used to refer to suspected suicides and other deaths not due to natural causes like an illness.
The cause of death is subsequently determined by a coroner.
First Meta confirmed her death in a statement on its website: "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke.
"Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed."
According to her profile on business networking site LinkedIn, Ms Radtke began her career in enterprise cloud computing and "passed on an opportunity to work at Apple to stay in the fast-paced world of technology start-ups".
She moved to Singapore in 2012 to head First Meta, a web-based exchange for users to buy, sell and trade virtual currencies for real money.
First Meta last year secured funding of $464,000 from Silicon Valley-based technology firm Plug and Play Tech Center.
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