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Why are Cryptocurrency 'Execs' Dying young?

The finance world is reeling today at the news of the sudden and unexpected death of another young cryptocurrency executive.

Tiantian Kullander, the 30-year-old co-founder of Hong Kong-based digital asset company Amber Group, died in his sleep on November 23, according to the company's website.

Kullander, known affectionately as “TT,” launched Amber in 2017 with a group of financial insiders, including former Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley workers. Before that, he worked as a trader at both finance giants, and in 2019 earned a coveted spot on the Forbes "30 Under 30 list," which recognizes the most talented emerging entrepreneurs and leaders.

Earlier this year, Kullander's start-up reached a staggering $3 billion valuation after scoring a $200 million funding round.

His death comes less than a month after the passing of another brilliant young cryptocurrency pioneer named Nikolai Mushegian.

On Oct. 28, Mushegian tweeted that intelligence agencies were going to murder him — and was found dead on a Puerto Rico beach hours later.

“CIA and Mossad and pedo elite are running some kind of sex trafficking entrapment blackmail ring out of Puerto Rico and Caribbean islands,” Mushegian, a developer of blockchain-based decentralized finance platforms who wanted to end global banking corruption, tweeted at 4:57 am. “They are going to frame me with a laptop planted by my ex [girlfriend] who was a spy. They will torture me to death.”

Four hours later, at about 9 am, the body of the 29-year-old was found at Ashford Beach. He was wearing his clothes and had his wallet on him, according to media reports.

News of Mushegian’s death, coupled with his last tweet and other, dark, posts about fighting “evil” people who were part of the “central banking cartel” — which he claimed, used “debt and blackmail” as weapons — have fueled conspiracy theories online and in the tight-knit cryptocurrency community in Puerto Rico.

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