The deaths of prominent crypto CEOs in the space of weeks has left many in the industry puzzled. Vyacheslav Taran, Founder Tiantian Kullander, Javia Biosca and Nikolai Mushegian died in circumstances best termed mysterious.
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Russian crypto billionaire and Libertex Group chairman Vyacheslav Taran died on Friday, November 25th in a helicopter crash en route to Monaco.
The 53-year-old was the sole passenger in the flight from nearby Lausanne in Switzerland.
Taran was founder of Forex Club and the Libertex exchange, a trading and investing platform which handles some cryptocurrencies as well as foreign exchange, stocks, stock indices and ETFs.
Tiantian Kullander, who co-founded the digital asset company Amber Group, passed away in his sleep on November 23, at the age of 30.
His company – Amber Group – was once valued at nearly $3 billion but, similar to many other firms in the sector, took a major hit due to the crypto winter. It laid off around 10% of its total workforce in September to cut costs during the challenging times.
On Tuesday, November 22, Javier Biosca jumped from the fifth floor of a hotel in Estepona, Spain. His suicide ended a career as an international broker that was as brief and irregular as the cryptocurrencies he handled. Biosca leaves behind a wife and son.
Javier Biosca, who was only released on a €1 million bail three weeks ago, stood accused of running a fraud that scammed over 750 investors out of cryptocurrencies worth €500million.
Crypto millionaire Nikolai Mushegian, 29, drowned in Puerto Rico on October 28, hours after posting his final tweet. He tweeted that the CIA and Mossad were after him.
The troubled young millionaire had a history of mental health problems and his family do not believe there was any foul play.