Singapore virtual currency exchange CEO found dead

Singapore virtual currency exchange CEO found dead

Summary: The body of First Meta Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke was reportedly found on the second-level parapet of a block of apartments last week. Police investigations are underway, but no foul play suspected yet.

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Singapore police are investigating the death of Autumn Radtke, the CEO of a Singapore-based virtual currency exchange First Meta, whose body was found last week.

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First Meta Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke was found dead last week. (source: LinkedIn)

The police had received a call on February 26 at about 7.05am requesting for assistance at Block 8 Cantonment Close, according to a statement. They then found the 28-year-old's body lying motionless at the block's second level parapet, according to Channel NewsAsia.

The American was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, and preliminary investigations indicate that no foul play is suspected. Toxicology tests are being done to determine the cause of her death.

While rumors have surfaced suggesting a possible suicide, there has not yet been any substantive evidence to back the speculation. There have also been reports describing the apartment block as her residence, but ZDNet understands this may not be accurate.

Radtke joined First Meta as CEO in January 2012. Her company posted a statement on its website expressing its shock.

"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."

First Meta specializes in providing a platform for the sale and purchase of virtual currencies using real cash. This includes Bitcoins, Lindens, Toricredits and FriendsHangout Tokens. In 2008, it created the first ever virtual credit card based in Second life.

Topics: E-Commerce, Singapore

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  • I would only say the same that was posted

    “Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones”
    daikon
  • Too bad

    Very sad.
    malcarada
  • Could not her colleagues....

    ... have come up with a less canned response to the passing of their leader?
    Playdrv4me