How did Mircea Popescu drown? Bitcoin billionaire's wealth may be lost after death at 41
One of the richest Bitcoin billionaires, Mircea Popescu, has died, according to local reports. Popescu allegedly drowned while swimming off the coast of Costa Rica on June 23. Popescu was most known for his blogging about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies across multiple platforms and forums.
The unexpected death of the controversial investor has left behind a bitcoin fortune estimated to be worth more than $2 billion. According to site Teletica, Popescu, 41, drowned after taking an 8.30 am morning swim in Playa Hermosa resort, which is known as a surfing destination because of its massive waves. Popescu, 41, drowned off the coast of Costa Rica. The Bitcoin he possessed could be lost if the billionaire had not given access to his wallet to anyone else. This could also impact the price of the world’s largest cryptocurrency.
Popescu was a prolific blogger, though his use of hateful language ruined many of his technical arguments defending and advocating bitcoin. “Bitcoin is fate. It operates completely outside of any human agency. For all you know about [bitcoin creator Satoshi] Nakamoto, bitcoin might as well have created itself,” he wrote in one post. “Bitcoin can kill all your friends, and all the people you respect... It can poop in your drink and rape your pets... If lightning strikes where you sit, whether you feel a warm cozy sort of love or the most burning hatred imaginable is strictly irrelevant - electricity stays.” Popescu was also dubbed "the father of Bitcoin toxicity."
Bitcoin Magazine editor Pete Rizzo also tweeted on June 27: “RIP Mircea Popescu (1980–2021). Called "The Father of Bitcoin Toxicity" by some, Mircea will endure as one of #Bitcoin's most vilified figures and inarguably one of its greatest philosophers.”
RIP Mircea Popescu (1980 – 2021)— RIZZO (@pete_rizzo_) June 27, 2021
Called "The Father of Bitcoin Toxicity" by some, Mircea will endure as one of #Bitcoin's most vilified figures and inarguably one of its greatest philosophers.
In memory, a collection of my favorite MP quotes below. pic.twitter.com/KMoIfKGeSk
According to a CNBC report, Popescu was an avid blogger who posted 70-100 blogs in a month. But many people have claimed that his blogs were full of racist and sexist content. The blog, Trilema.com, is inaccessible in many countries, possibly due to its content. Popescu was “a Romanian by residency, provocateur by occupation and the ‘world's greatest erotica writer’ by proclamation”. In one of his essays, he outlined the roles he believed women were suited to in society. One of them, he said, would be to eulogize men. In another Twitter post, Rizzo wrote, “Mircea Popescu was offensive, flawed and unapologetic. His death* is the most significant in #Bitcoin's history since the passing of Hal Finney.”