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HQ Trivia CEO Colin Kroll Dead at 34 Apparent Drug OD

12/16/2018 7:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, has died of an apparent drug overdose ... TMZ has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Kroll's girlfriend called police early Sunday and asked them to check up on him after she was unable to get in touch. Cops went to downtown Manhattan to do a welfare check, entered his apartment and found Kroll's body in his bedroom with drug paraphernalia nearby.

A police source tells TMZ at this point cops believe the drugs involved were cocaine and heroin. 

Kroll was named CEO of HQ Trivia in 2018. He had previously been fired from Twitter after he was determined to be a "bad manager." Female employees claimed his behavior made them uncomfortable, however, no sexual harassment claims were ever filed.

HQ Trivia was having problems recently. It was steadily losing audience. In January, HQ was in the top 10 list of most downloaded iPhone games. It's now fluctuating between #250 and 500 in the U.S. Also, Kroll was dealing with an H.R. complaint by an HQ employee for his "aggressive management style."

Kroll was also the co-founder of Vine and was General Manager between 2013 and 2014. And, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Jetsetter. Prior to that, Kroll served as the Engineering Manager at Yahoo between 2007 to 2009.  

Kroll was 34.

RIP

'What Are Those' Meme Creator Mysteriously Died in His Sleep ... Says His Wife

11/27/2018 9:10 AM PST
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Brandon Moore, the man who created the viral "What Are Those" meme, died Sunday and his wife tell TMZ it's a complete mystery what caused it. 

Brandon's wife, Noonie, tells us his heart stopped while he was sleeping in their Northern California home. We're told his death was completely unexpected -- he didn't have any previously known health conditions. 

Our law enforcement sources say an autopsy was performed and there are no signs of foul play ... or any obvious cause of death. Brandon's family and authorities are now waiting on a toxicology report. 

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The internet comedian, aka Young Busco, rose to fame in 2015 when he mocked a police officer's shoes as a joke. While his friend was being arrested, Brandon mocked the cop's clunky boots, saying ... "What are those?"

Brandon uploaded the clip and it quickly went viral and became a popular internet meme. The catchphrase appeared in "Black Panther" and was jokingly asked to Michael Jordan during a Q and A session at a basketball camp. 

Brandon, a father of 9, was just 31. 

RIP

Social Media Star Hayes Grier Sues Former Manager ... He Stole My Cartier Bracelet!!!

11/26/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Internet superstar Hayes Grier is tired of begging his former handler to return his Cartier bracelet, so now he's seeking a ton of money ... according to a new lawsuit.

Hayes claims he told his former legal guardian, Griffin Hadley, to buy the expensive wristwear using the then-16-year-old's credit card. Problem is ... Hayes said Griffin kept it for himself and refused to give it to Hayes. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Hayes says he was shopping in Barcelona with Griffin during a photo shoot for Taco Bell when he told Griffin to buy the Cartier bracelet. But, get this ... Hayes claims Griffin kept the bracelet after mailing it to Griffin's home in the States. 

According to the docs, Hayes says he's been hounding Griffin to give him the $45,000 bracelet, but Griffin's been blowing him off ... and now Hayes is going after Griffin for damages. 

Cameron Dallas Don't Cry For Me, Milan!

1/18/2016 8:00 AM PST

Vine star Cameron Dallas got a taste of Beatlemania ... or like the King of Pop or Evita Peron ... when an insane mob of fans showed up outside the Calvin Klein runway show.

CK flew Cam to Milan for Fashion Week -- that's the kind of power you get with 2 billion loops on Vine.

The crowd is insane ... even DJ Khaled doesn't even have this kind of pull (yet), but Cam handles it like a pro.


Cameron Dallas Caleb Bratayley's Fans Deserved Periscope of Funeral

10/7/2015 8:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The fact Caleb Logan Bratayley was a YouTube superstar, meant the 13-year-old boy's funeral NEEDED to be livestreamed on the web ... according to fellow social media giant Cameron Dallas.

Cameron was leaving BOA Tuesday and we talked to him about Caleb's tragic death from an unknown medical condition.

Earlier in the day, the Bratayley family laid Caleb to rest and Periscoped the entire funeral -- which might seem like a serious case of oversharing, but as Cameron explained the family's millions upon millions of fans were "a part of him."

This is insightful ... especially from a 21-year-old.

Vine Star Eric Dunn Arrested For Mouthing Off To Cops

9/16/2015 8:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Vine star Eric Dunn might have more than 3 million followers on the social app but he was just another guy at a college football game causing problems, which cops solved by arresting him.

Police say Dunn was in the stands at a Florida Atlantic University football game last week when staff asked him several times to stop blowing a whistle, but he refused. Cops showed up and asked Eric to come with them ... but the Viner protested. 

Words were exchanged when the officers pulled him out of his seat and away from the crowd.

They say Eric was belligerent, so they tried cuffing him but he resisted. He was eventually arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting an officer.

Videos on social media showed the arrest.

Cameron Dallas Driver Runs Over Teen Fan's Foot ... Amid LAX Insanity!!!

8/12/2015 3:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cameron Dallas was greeted Tuesday at LAX by an absolutely INSANE mob of his fans and one of them got a little more than she bargained for ... when his driver clipped her foot as he drove away. 

The girl was just fine and probably thought the pain was worth it ... since Cameron hopped out of the car to check if she was okay and gave her a huge hug. 

The Vine star even reached out to her later on social media. We're told Dallas also sent her flowers and offered to pay any medical expenses.

Yeah ... totally worth it.

Vine Star Nash Grier NoH8 Forgives Homophobic Rant Internet Says Not So Fast

4/24/2015 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Vine superstar Nash Grier can pose for all the NoH8 campaign photos he wants -- his critics aren't willing to forgive ... even if the LGBT group is.

Grier posted a pic of himself at a photo shoot for the famous equal rights advocacy group on Wednesday night. Grier and NoH8 immediately got blasted on the Internet by thousands of people still fuming over the 17-year-old's rant last summer. 

In case you forgot ... Grier posted a Vine in which he shouted "f**s" and called AIDS a "gay disease." He eventually deleted it and said he was sorry.

NoH8 founder Jeff Parshley tells TMZ he accepted the apology, and isn't prepared to say Grier is homophobic based on his Vine performance. As for the backlash, he says Grier's just gonna have to deal.

Neil McNeil -- a huge YouTuber who focuses on LGBT issues -- didn't buy Grier's mea culpa and still isn't convinced he's changed. He suggests the Viner donate real time to support the LGBT cause, instead of posing for pics

Cameron Dallas Arrested after Telling Landlord 'Screw Hue!'

3/19/2015 6:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Vine star Cameron Dallas spent a lot more than six seconds in jail ... after he allegedly painted his apartment and everyone inside of it.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops were called to Dallas' Hollywood pad Wednesday afternoon after neighbors complained about  loud partying. When cops arrived, all was quiet and no one answered the door ... so they left. 

Fast forward to 6 PM ... cops were called again after someone hurled a paint can out Dallas' sixth floor window, nearly hitting a woman below. 

Cops arrived and discovered the entire apartment, along with everyone inside it, spattered with paint. Someone also hurled hue in the hallway.

Dallas was arrested on felony vandalism and held on $20,000 bail.  He was released at 1:30 AM.

It appears the entire stunt was for a video. A few hours after his release, Dallas tweeted, "(: lets just say this video will be awesome..."

Dallas is known for throwing stuff off his balcony.

Crazy Vine Twerker Falls Out Of Moving Car ... Escapes With a Scratch

1/20/2015 11:06 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Twerking while hanging out of a moving car, and tumbling out of said car ... has to be the stupidest -- yet also hysterical -- thing an Atlanta college student ever did ... but it's made her a Vine superstar. 

The video has more than 7.5 million views ... and although everyone's calling it twerking ... Brittany Swift set the record straight ... telling us she was really doing something called The Whip. We stand corrected.

Swift says her favorite jam -- K Camp's "Lil Bit" -- came on the radio ... and she just had to break out The Whip ... but couldn't wait for her sister to slow down. Stupidly ... she started the dance with the door open, and while switching legs she says her sister hit the brakes and she went flying.

Amazingly, Swift says the #FAIL looked way worse than it was. No broken bones, no bruises ... just one scratch and some ashy elbows.. 

Little lotion and she's back in the game.

Jack & Jack Vine Rap Stars Upstaged By Matt During Fan CRUSH [Video]

11/17/2014 9:30 AM PST

Pop rap duo Jack and Jack were at the center of an insane scene at LAX -- hundreds of their 6 million social media followers flocked to the airport -- but much of the crowd was really obsessed ... with their famous friend.

You've gotta see the J&J fans losing their minds -- tears were shed as they made their way through the crazed pack of tweener girls. But the most surprising part is a majority of the girls were screaming for the Jacks' BFF ... a dude named Matthew Espinosa.

Matt's pretty popular in his own right -- over 4 million followers -- but based on this video ... it looks like he's coming for Jack and Jack's crown.

For the older set, this is like Beatlemania ... for Pete Best (Google it, young people).

Vine Star Jerome Jarre Detained By Cops For Speedo Prank

10/29/2014 9:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE
Warning to all travelers -- parading around in a Speedo and carrying a 5-foot rubber duckie at 35,000 feet could get you a 3-hour sit down with cops ... which Vine star Jerome Jarre just learned the hard way.

Jarre pulled the prank on a flight to Miami Tuesday ... thinking he'd record a fun video for his 7.5 million followers. It's what Vine stars do. But Jarre says one of the American Airlines flight attendants didn't get the joke ... and called cops to meet him upon landing. We're told Jerome was detained for 3 hours of questioning. 


When it was all said and done ... Jarre was released. We're told American Airlines was merely following standard procedure for someone who creates a disturbance. But Jarre has not been banned from AA.

At least he's got a 6-second memory of his stunt. 

5 Seconds of Summer Bassist Cops to Flashing Dong on Internet

8/29/2014 6:52 AM PDT
Breaking News
5 Seconds of Summer's bass player now has a viral penis -- which is not as bad as it sounds -- but yes ... his junk's being passed around the Internet after he flashed it on Snapchat.

Calum Hood learned a hard lesson (pun intended, we've seen the video) when he sent the revealing video to someone who then reposted it as a Vine for the world to see. So, now ya know, Calum -- famous naked penises ALWAYS get leaked.

Even though you never see 18-year-old Hood's face in the video ... he took the brutally honest step of admitting it was him by tweeting ... "I'm still just a teenage kid learning from mistakes ;)"

So, he's young, dumb, and ...
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