Police probe death of Bitcoin exchange's young CEO

The cause of Autumn Radtke's death is still under investigation, yet rumors abound that she committed suicide.

Autumn Radtke's LinkedIn profile photo. LinkedIn

Autumn Radtke, the young CEO of a small Bitcoin exchange, was found dead last week in her home in Singapore. The circumstances or her death are still unknown.

Radtke, 28, joined First Meta as CEO in the beginning of January 2012 to help build a "next generation" exchange for virtual currency. The company posted a statement on its Web site regarding Radtke's death.

"The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke," the statement reads. "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 working for First Meta, Radtke worked in enterprise cloud computing and then moved onto business development for startups, according to her LinkedIn profile.

It's been speculated that Radtke committed suicide, according to Slate, but there has been no substantive information to back up those rumors. Various reports cite Bitcoin's recent financial troubles and the loss of millions of dollars as a reason why Radtke could take her own life.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the cause of her death is "still under investigation."

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