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Police in Singapore are investigating the "unnatural" death of of a virtual currency exchange boss.

Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead in an apartment block at Cantonment Close yesterday.

According to the city state's police force, "preliminary investigations showed no foul play is suspected."

They have not yet announced how she died, although Reuters sources suggested she had jumped to her death.

The news agency also claimed she was having professional difficulties.

"She had a phenomenal network of highly successful people around her, and here she is running this little exchange and it just isn't taking off in the way anybody had hoped," said Steve Beauregard, CEO and founder of Bitcoin startup GoCoin.

First Meta started out as way of exchanging virtual currencies used in games like Second Life or EVE Online, or swapping them for real money, before it began offering Bitcoin exchange services in July of last year.

In a statement, the exchange said: "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed."

There is currently no evidence linking Radtke's death to the collapse of Mt. Gox.

In the days leading up to her death, Radtke used Facebook to post a link to an article entitled "The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship".

She then wrote: "Everything has a price."

Her Google Plus page is headed with a stark image of a small house on a lonely island, while her tagline simply says: "Killing it."

However, her Twitter page shows her in happier times, posing beside Richard Branson. Her previous jobs included a freelance stint at Apple and a spell at Virgin Charter.

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