Is Gerald Cotten Dead or Alive?
Quadriga CX’s members are not fully convinced that Gerald Cotten is truly dead and have asked that his body be exhumed for examination to be carried out.
Cotten reportedly passed away on December 12, 2018 of complications due to Crohn’s disease in Jaipur, India, according to an affidavit from his widow, Jennifer Robertson and a statement of death from the J.A. Snow Funeral Home in Halifax, dated Dec. 12.
Update On Gerald Cotten’s Death
Lawyers representing users of the platform wrote a letter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Friday requesting an autopsy to confirm Cotten’s identity and cause of death “given the questionable circumstances” surrounding his death.
Before his obituary announcement, Cotten was the only person with access to digital wallets containing at least 180 million Canadian dollars in cryptocurrency, according to the BBC.
Quadriga CX, on January 14, 2019, broke the news of Gerald Cotten’s sudden death. In a Facebook post, the company claimed Cotten had died suddenly the previous month from “complications with Crohn’s disease” while traveling in India. He was 30.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Gerald Cotten, co-founder and CEO of QuadrigaCX. A visionary leader who transformed the lives of those around him, Gerry died due to complications with Crohn’s disease on December 9, 2018 while travelling in India, where he was opening an orphanage to provide a home and safe refuge for children in need.
Gerry cared deeply about honesty and transparency–values he lived by in both his professional and personal life. He was hardworking and passionate, with an unwavering commitment to his customers, employees, and family.
Through his hard work and dedication, Gerry contributed greatly to the growth and development of the Crypto Currency industry. As an expert in digital finance, he was involved with digital payments, currency, and transfers of electronic value for over a decade. In his capacity as CEO, he shared his passion and expertise in digital finance with his management team to successfully grow QuadrigaCX into one of the largest exchange platforms for Crypto Currency in Canada. We are very proud of all that Gerry has accomplished, and are confident that the leadership team at QuadrigaCX will carry on this important work in a manner consistent with Gerry’s vision and values.
It is in this spirit that we announce that Aaron Matthews, the current Head of Operations, is being recommended by Gerry’s Estate Executor to assume the role of interim President and CEO. Aaron has been a steadfast and positive influence on the leadership and growth of the Company. His proven leadership, coupled with his deep understanding of the industry, positions him well to carry on the important business of QuadrigaCX. We are confident in his ability to ensure continued and successful operations, as QuadrigaCX provides its customers with an easy to use platform that simplifies the process of buying and selling Crypto Currencies.
In the coming days and weeks, Aaron will provide further updates on the Company operations. QuadrigaCX remains committed to servicing its customers in an open, timely and transparent manner. Below, we have provided some Questions and Answers in order to address some of the more immediate needs of our customers. On behalf of our family and the QuadrigaCX team, we thank you for your continued support.
Jennifer Robertson, Estate Executor of Gerald Cotten
Due to Cotten’s death, Quadriga CX ceased operation and applied for creditor protection with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, leaving about 76,000 users stranded and out of pocket for about C$215 million in cash and cryptocurrencies.
According to Aljazeera, odd details surrounding his death and the mystery of what happened to clients’ Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has fueled speculation and conspiracy theories on internet bulletin boards on whether he’s actually deceased.
That prompted Miller Thomson LLP to write a letter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, asking that they “conduct an exhumation and post-mortem autopsy on the body of Gerald Cotten to confirm both its identity and the cause of death given the questionable circumstances” and the significant losses of affected users.