The largest single holder of the Cryptocurrency Bitcoin and controversial figure Mircea Popescu has passed away at 41 in Costa Rica.
According to a Spanish publication Teletica.com, One of the earliest adopters of Bitcoin has passed away by drowning off the coast of Costa Rica. Mircea Popescu was one of the most influential and controversial figures in the Bitcoin universe, who held as many as 10000 Bitcoins at the time of his death.
According to local news, Popescu had gone on an early morning swim at the Tramonto Centre, at Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica. The authorities reported that Popescu had drifted away because of the current and died on the spot. The beach where he went for his swim wasn’t designated as a swimming spot due to this exact reason.
According to the Judicial Investigation Agency of Costa Rica, a man named Mircea Popescu died at the beach; however, his nationality was mistakenly referred to as Polish. After confirmation with sources close to him, it was confirmed to be Popescu, who had passed away.
In 2012, Popescu started MPEx, a bitcoin “securities exchange”, for which he was hounded by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Popescu was also known for exposing and combating Pyramid Schemes in the Bitcoin Universe, such as Ripple and Bitcoin Savings and Trust.
One of the first of his kind in the sphere, this kind of behaviour would earn him many followers and admirers, despite his reputation as an anti-semite, which he demonstrated in his blog Trilema.com. Mircea Popescu was a Romanian National.
“Bitcoin is not here for you to opine about it. Bitcoin is here to profoundly and oft times painfully change your life,” was one of his passionate defences of Cryptocurrency.
It is disputed how much Bitcoin Popescu held, with some claiming the number to be more than 10000, and he himself claiming it to be over a million, putting their value at well above a billion dollars.