28-year-old Autumn Radtke, an American, was found dead in her Singapore home last month. The official cause of death was "unnatural." That could, of course, technically mean an accident, misadventure, or suicide. Radtke's company, First Meta, expressed its surprise and grief in what appears to be a canned statement that the company is "shocked and saddened by the tragic loss." But should the death have been so shocking? Bitcoin has been under scrutiny since the recent collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange in Tokyo. Postings on Autumn's Facebook express her belief in the potential of virtual currencies. Yet she also
linked an article on entrepreneurs suffering depression, commenting above the link: "everything has its price."
Indeed, Autumn may have unfortunately paid the price of the pressure which comes with ascending to the throne of the holy trinity so quickly. Investigatory scrutiny is never pleasant at any age. Unfortunately, the world will never know how far this shooting star might have ascended but for the tragic loss of her life. R.I.P. Autumn.