One of the largest owners of bitcoin, who reportedly held as much as $1 billion, is dead at 41: reports

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Billionaire Bitcoin owner Mircea Popescu has reportedly died leaving a cache of handy currency and controversial crypto legacy.

Bitcoin BTCUSD, + 4.73% pioneer Popescu who was believed to own over $ 1 billion in the world’s leading cryptocurrency making him one of the asset’s larger individual holders at the time, passed away loudly before the Costa Rica reported a Spanish-language publication, Teletica.com last week that a foreigner at Playa Hermosa de Garabito, Puntarenas is in Costa Rica, drowned and described him as 41-year-old Polish origin.

Popescu was considered a pioneer of digital assets and one of the first to use it. An article in the Bitcoin Magazine by Pete Rizzo said that Popescu was known Mpex, a Bitcoin exchange, at about the same time as the Coinbase Global COIN with + 7.74% to start.

At its peak in mid-April this year, Popescu’s Bitcoin holdings would have been worth nearly $ 2 billion.

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At the last review, the Bitcoin prices changed at around 34,295 US dollars to the owner, an increase of 3.2%, and ether ETHUSD, + 14.98% on the Ethereum block chain, the US dollar to trade at 2,079, a Up over 13% even amid reports that the world’s largest crypto trading platform, Binance, had regulatory action in the UK and a separate report found the platform had been forced to go out of business in the Canadian province of Ontario.

News of Popescu’s reported death circulated in crypto circles, leaving some wondering where his holdings would go.

The latest news also come as crypto continues and wrestles with China’s ban on the Bitcoin mining crypto trade in the second largest economy in the world and the biggest crypto-Miner.