KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 30): A Russian billionaire has become the third top cryptocurrency trader to die suddenly in recent weeks.
In a report on Tuesday (Nov 29), British news portal Metro said Vyacheslav Taran, 53, a co-founder of trading and investing platform Libertex, died after his helicopter mysteriously crashed in a resort town near Monaco.
It said the vehicle plummeted on Nov 25 afternoon, killing Taran, who had lived in Monaco for a decade, as well as a veteran pilot.
The portal added that Libertex said in a statement: ‘It is with great sadness that the Libertex group confirms the death of its co-founder and chairman of board of directors Vyacheslav Taran, after a helicopter crash that took place en route to Monaco on Friday."
Metro said Taran is the latest in a growing list of powerful people in Vladimir Putin’s Russia to abruptly die.
It said the deaths, often reported as suicides, have included energy, oil, finance and shipping bosses as well oligarchs and millionaires.
Three crypto stars have died in recent weeks.
Tiantian Kullander, 30, died "in his sleep" last week, while millionaire Nikolai Mushegian, 29, drowned on a Puerto Rico beach.