|Bitcoin exchange confirms unexplained Singapore death of young American CEO
The 28-year-old American boss of a bitcoin exchange has been found dead at the base of a Singapore apartment block, police and reports said.
Police are investigating the “unnatural'' death of Autumn Radtke, chief executive of Singapore-based First Meta, on February 26, but that no foul play was suspected.
A local technology website first reported she may have committed suicide, but later updated its report to say it was “unclear'' how she died, AFP reports.
Broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said on its website Radtke “was found dead at the bottom of an apartment block.’’
Police said they 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,'' they said in a statement.
“She was pronounced dead at scene by paramedics. Police are investigating the unnatural death,'' it added. “Preliminary investigations show that no foul play is suspected.''
The term “unnatural death'' is used to refer to suspected suicides and other deaths not due to natural causes like an illness.
A US embassy official confirmed that Radtke is an American citizen and that it has provided assistance to her family.
News of Radtke's death first surfaced in the technology startup community.
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,'' it said.
“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, Radtke began her career in enterprise cloud computing and in 2007 worked with Apple to supply the Aqua Connect server product to major corporations including the Aerospace Corporation.
It said she “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 S$588,000 (US$464,000) from Silicon Valley-based technology firm Plug and Play Tech Center.