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CEO Of Bitcoin Exchange Dies In Singapore

CEO Of Bitcoin Exchange Dies In Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) - The CEO of a virtual currency exchange was found dead in her home in Singapore.

A police spokesman said Thursday that initial investigations indicated there was no suspicion of "foul play," meaning officers do not suspect murder.

The spokesman said 28-year-old Autumn Radtke, an American, was found dead in her home on Feb. 26.

Police have so far classified the death as "unnatural," which can mean an accident, misadventure, or suicide.

Radtke's company, First Meta, said it was "shocked and saddened by the tragic loss."

First Meta allows users of virtual currencies such as bitcoin to trade and cash out the currencies. It is one of several such exchanges.

The future of bitcoin has been under scrutiny since the collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Tokyo last month.

Radtke had worked at other tech companies.

Postings on her Facebook page showed her to be a believer in the potential of virtual currencies.

Last month she linked to an article on entrepreneurs suffering depression, commenting above the link: everything has its price.

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Mike March 06 2014 at 1:22 PM

I don't think I'm that stupid, but I just can't get my head around the bit coin thing. That aside, I feel for this woman....very young to pass away from any unatural cause. RIP

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salmagundi111 Mike March 06 2014 at 1:30 PM

That is the problem, Mike, you do have to be stupid to get it. You're safe, my friend, and maybe the few of us who "don't get it" will have to be the ones called on to explain how to turn doorknobs to open doors.

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mike215.cohen March 06 2014 at 12:52 PM

When an American citizen dies in another country, there is little the US can do about it. David Carradine, the producer of the Wild West programs, was found hanging naked in a closet in his hotel room in Thailand. The local authorities said it was an accident. Relatives complained, but nothing was done.

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Eddie March 06 2014 at 12:50 PM

When you buy bitcoins, you buy them with American money ..Why would a person selling them accept American currency, if they thought bitcoins were the better currency...........

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samantha.grey3 Eddie March 06 2014 at 12:56 PM

You don't have to buy Bitcoins with US dollars. You can buy them with anything. You can even buy them with other cybercurrencies - that's the smarter way to acquire them. Spend a little on crappy cybercurrencies and trade up until you own a few Bitcoins.

What do you mean "better" currency? Worth is all relative. A single bitcoin is worth a little over $400 on most days.

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lesly March 06 2014 at 12:50 PM

fishy. very fishy

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majiemao March 06 2014 at 12:49 PM

Of course its very stressful when your trading in a fake currency.

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garyranderson March 06 2014 at 10:41 AM

You see, when the USA makes "fiat money" where the only value is "WE say so" you can't just go and murder the CEO, because it's WAY too big. But trading your Dollar for Bitcoin, if somebody gets a notion, they can just pop a cap in the CEO and the "BIT" in the "Coin" turns to little tiny "bits". ONLY IN THEORY is Bitcoin a valid currency. Ya feel lucky?

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rdz69 garyranderson March 06 2014 at 10:52 AM

how about the "new" o coin-it's worthless too!

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wlh1923 garyranderson March 06 2014 at 11:06 AM

Ya got anything else stupid to say or are ya just feeling lucky you got that nugget of stupidity off your chest? It is a new form of commerce. Ignorance spawns fear. You are a prime example of that.

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desertauracactus March 06 2014 at 12:48 PM

How is it that the headline states that she was a CEO of a Bitcoin exchange? She wasn't.

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samantha.grey3 desertauracactus March 06 2014 at 12:51 PM

I think the reporter thinks that any cybercurrency can be labeled a "Bitcoin"
It's really stupid. She had nothing to do with Bitcoins at all.

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JESUS March 06 2014 at 12:47 PM

ILLUMINATI DID IT..... but I blame Tom Cruise.

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travelshelton JESUS March 06 2014 at 12:49 PM

the right blammed it on Obama

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ernie March 06 2014 at 10:51 AM

Bitcoin: Bernie would have been proud.

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frank maserati March 06 2014 at 12:42 PM

if you can't us know about the news sooner. I can do your job for you.

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rclini123 frank maserati March 06 2014 at 12:48 PM

you can't even put together a proper sentence. get it together.

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ellen0115 rclini123 March 06 2014 at 12:52 PM

lol ;)

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