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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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bgzcle March 06 2014 at 9:51 AM

Appears BITCOIN may not be god for your health

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boyle1034 March 06 2014 at 9:51 AM

Never give up...never. Tomorrow is another day.

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trainnv March 06 2014 at 9:26 AM

another bernie madoff get rich scheme... I told you so

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Ken March 06 2014 at 8:58 AM

As I mentioned elsewhere, my strongest suspicion falls toward the drug and weapons dealers who were said to prefer virtual currency and Silk Road. The Singapore police may be saying it does not look like murder, but some of the most expert assassins are good at achieving that. The very recent capture of Mexico's biggest cartel "jefe" may have the cartel trying to "settle scores," even if they are in their own paranoid imagination.

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drepke March 06 2014 at 8:56 AM

Seems that this article left out billions missing in Bitcoin exchanges. It appears this house of cards is about to collapse and we might find some kind of international fraud was behind this vneture.

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pianomanref March 06 2014 at 8:55 AM

What the hell is virtual currency?

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duey35 March 06 2014 at 9:47 AM

Currency needs to be something you can hold in your hand, and should have value. None do at this point in time.

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lincnman2 duey35 March 06 2014 at 9:48 AM

That is exactly correct....nothing tangible is backing the currency.....hold on for the bumpy ride.....it's not going to be an amusement park fun time.....

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topspin360 duey35 March 06 2014 at 10:05 AM

If it didn't have value, then I guess that car I bought is an illusion.

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quezon7 topspin360 March 06 2014 at 10:35 AM

Its disturbing, but you are Exactly correct
that's why it depreciated 20% as your funds transferred and you received title to an illusion of value, known as 'your car'.

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brwnysbrb March 06 2014 at 8:42 AM

Sad. RIP. People need to realize money is not everything!

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kklinvt March 06 2014 at 9:16 AM

And let the conspiracy theories begin in 5...4.....3......2.......1...........

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skitzlpk March 06 2014 at 9:13 AM

I'm a bit confused. Where do the profits come from in a virtual, electronic currency exchange that allows an executive to live in Singapore & presumably draw an income from the company large enough to sustain such a lifestyle? If this is merely based on the value of bitcoin going up up up,, then it is a major scam in the making where only a few get out at the top & stick everyone else who bought in high & lost it all.

I digress though,, what is indeed the basis of along with a currency exchange there are profits as well so some can get rich?

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Dave skitzlpk March 06 2014 at 9:20 AM

Pyramid scheme?

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salbue skitzlpk March 06 2014 at 9:28 AM

Welcome to our New World - where the richest make their money simply by shuffling data around - sux to be poor.......

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