The controversial Bitcoin billionaire, Mircea Popescu, 41, drowned on a beach in Costa Rica and now no one knows how to access its more than 2 billion dollars he had in cryptocurrencies.
Popescu, known to be among the largest individual Bitcoin holders in the world at one point, drowned last week near Playa Hermosa, northwest of Costa Rica. He had gone swimming near the mountains, according to the local press.
“Was washed away and died on the spot”, They replace the reports.
Since then, his death has been confirmed by three women who were reportedly close to him. His website, which he previously actively maintained, has not been updated since June 23, the day of his reported death.
It is estimated that Popescu, a controversial figure with “documented cases of sexism and intolerance,” according to Nasdaq.com, had at least tens of thousands of Bitcoins.
A fortune of more than 2 billion, sealed
Millions in bitcoins. Reuters photo
The lower end of those estimates would put the value of the Popescu property near $ 2 billion, based on the peak value of Bitcoin reached in April.
It is unclear who, if anyone, has access to your digital assets, and crypto watchers are already speculating that fortune might have been lost forever.
Crypto Briefing Research Analyst Alexander Marder said on Twitter that Popescu’s Bitcoins can be lost forever, along with those of John McAfee, the antivirus software pioneer who hanged himself in a Spanish jail cell last week.
Anthony Pompliano, founder of Pomp Investments and prominent Bitcoin Bull, said in a since deleted tweet that the loss of Popescu holdings could benefit other current holders of the crypto.
Mircea Popescu, a Bitcoin OG, passed away. He probably owned quite a bitcoinPompliano said on June 27 in the deleted tweet. “We may never know how much or if they are lost forever, but it reminds me [lo que] He said Satoshi: ‘Lost coins only make other people’s coins worth a bit more. Think of it as a donation to everyone, ‘”referring to the pseudonym used by the anonymous person (s) who developed Bitcoin.
Others in the crypto space mourned the loss of Popescu, who was known as a pioneer and early activist of bitcoin.
Pete Rizzo, editor of Bitcoin Magazine, noted that Popescu was known as “the father of the toxicity of bitcoin “.
Popescu’s highest-profile crypto company was probably MPex, a self-styled Bitcoin stock exchange, which launched in 2012, long before Bitcoin received its current popularity.