Autumn Radtke, Bitcoin Firm CEO, Found Dead In Singapore
Posted: 03/06/2014 10:25 am EST Updated: 03/06/2014 10:59 am EST
The CEO of a Bitcoin exchange firm First Meta was found dead in her apartment in Singapore last week. She was 28.
Local media reports suggest Autumn Radtke may have committed suicide; however, an official cause of death has not been declared. An investigation has been launched into the "unnatural" death, a police spokesman told Reuters Wednesday.
First Meta director Douglas Abrams confirmed Radtke's death on Feb. 27.
"I was informed by the Singapore police about her death," Abrams told The Wall Street Journal. "The cause of death is still under investigation.”
The virtual currency company released the following statement about Radtke's death:
The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. 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.
Before becoming the CEO of First Meta in January 2012, Radtke worked for several fortune 500 companies, including Clear Channel, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Most recently, she served as the director of business development for Xfire, which offers messaging services for gamers.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Bitcoin firm CEO jumped from 25-story building to her death
By Michael Gray
Startling new information has come to light in the death of 28-year-old Autumn Radtke, the CEO of First Meta, a Singapore-based virtual currency exchange.
Autumn Radtke, the American CEO of Singapore-based bitcoin exchange First Meta.Photo: Facebook
The former Silicon Valley whiz-kid jumped from a nearby 25-story apartment building about 7 a.m. last Wednesday, according to a neighbor.
Police reported that Radtke was found lying motionless outside the building and was declared dead by paramedics. Her death has now been classified as a case of unnatural death.
Initial reports had Radtke’s body being found in her apartment. Singapore officials try to downplay suicides since the city-state hit an all-time high of 487 deaths in 2012.
The Cantonment Close apartment buildings, near where the body was found, are a two-minute walk from Radtke’s apartment, according to the neighbor.
Chrysanthemums have been placed where residents say Radtke’s body was found.Photo: Reuters
“We had a wake at her house on Friday,” said the neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous.
“She was one of those ‘up and down’ types, by all accounts. She was often on her front step until 4 to 5 a.m. talking to California most nights of the week,” the neighbor added.
Radtke joined First Meta in 2012. First Meta is an exchange for digital currencies used in games and virtual worlds, such as Linden dollars from the Second Life online world. It accepts bitcoins as payment for other virtual currencies.
As law-enforcement officials await toxicology reports, friends said they should have seen the signs of stress and realized that she was reaching out for help.
“Everything has its price,” Radtke said in commenting on an Inc. magazine essay she posted online titled “The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship.”