Sunday, April 21, 2024

Colin Kroll, Co-Creator of HQ Trivia, and Vine, Dead at 34 from Apparent Drug Overdose


A year ago, HQ Trivia was so hot you couldn’t get near it. Everywhere I went people were downloading the app and playing the trivia game at 3 and 9pm. People were obsessed with it, especially in New York. And the most anyone won was a few dollars. It didn’t matter. Hundreds of thousands of people were playing the game.

This morning, reportedly, Colin Kroll, the 34 year old co-founder, was found dead in his apartment. He allegedly died of a drug overdose, which also sounds like a suicide. This is tragic and shocking. He had also been the creator of Vine, the popular video social media that set the stage for Instagram and other services. Vine is gone, but it was a landmark.

This comes on the heels of “SNL” star Pete Davidson posting a suicidal note yesterday on Twitter. The result was pandemonium and a NYPD investigation. But Davidson did appear on the show briefly last night. What happens next, no one knows.

There were so many celebrity suicides this year, including Kate Spade. What is going on? There is so much help available. Too many talented people are taking their lives after rocketing to success. Please call
1-800-273-8255 if you’re feeling depressed during the holidays, or know someone who can use a boost.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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