Billionaire Mircea Popescu Dead at 41, Leaving Behind $2 Billion in Bitcoin Crypto Currency
His fortune may be lost forever if no one has access to his account.
Popescu drowned last week off the coast of Costa Rica near Playa Hermosa after going for a morning swim, according to local news outlet Teletica.
His death was apparently confirmed by three women who were close to him, according to the New York Post. However, others have raised questions over whether he’s actually dead.
The blog that Popescu managed, Trilema, has not been updated since the day he was reported dead.
Popescu was known at one point to be among the largest individual holders of Bitcoin in the world, the Post reported. It remains unclear if anyone has access to his digital assets. If not, his fortune could be lost forever.
Popescu, known as "the father of bitcoin toxicity," launched a bitcoin securities exchange called MPEx in 2012, according to Bitcoin magazine.
"The website was once an early breeding ground for early bitcoin IPOs, a practice that earned him the ire of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency whose power he took no shortage of joy in openly undermining," Bitcoin magazine said.
Popescu was a controversial figure, according to Business Insider.
He had "an aggressive brand of unapologetic bitcoin evangelism that made his influence enduring despite documented instances of sexism, bigotry and anti-Semitism," Bitcoin Magazine said.
Trending on Inside Edition
Store Manager Says 911 Operator Hung Up Because She Was Whispering as Buffalo Gunman Stalked AislesCrime
Police Searching for Person of Interest in Mysterious Shooting Deaths of New Hampshire CoupleCrime
Anita Hill, the Optimist: Overcoming the Undoing of Roe v. Wade Is Possible 'by Pulling Together,' Hill SaysPolitics
TV Reporter Becomes Center of Online Conspiracy Theory Because of a TypoOffbeat
Georgia SWAT Officer Gets Flagged Down on Road and Saves Baby Who Stopped BreathingHeroes