Gerald Cotten was the co-founder and CEO of Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX. On December 9, 2018, he allegedly died in Jaipur, India while helping build an orphanage with his wife Jennifer Robertson. Cottens wife claims he was the only person with the passwords necessary to access $180,000,000 worth of cryptocurrency. Due to the suspicious and convenient nature of events, many people are skeptical of the story being told.
On December 9, 2018, Gerald Cotten allegedly died in Jaipur, India from complications related to Crohn's disease. Fortis Escorts Hospital officials said upon admission, Cotten was diagnosed with “septic shock, perforation, peritonitis, intestinal obstruction” and was a known case of Crohn's disease. They said he had complained of watery stools, vomiting, crampy abdominal pain, and was feeling feverish. His vitals kept deteriorating and he developed recurrent episodes of cardiac arrest before being declared dead at 7.26pm. 1)
An Indian death certificate was obtained with a misspelling of Cottens last name (spelled Cottan). 2) 3) There is also minor evidence he may have been cremated, as he was listed as such on a public memorial website 4) by what appears to be a credible user. 5) It's fair to say at this point, the final state of Cottens body is unclear.
J. A. Snow Funeral Home provided documentation that a funeral service was conducted on December 14, 2018 for Cotten. 6) Both Aaron Matthews (interim CEO after Cottens death) and an anonymous contractor on Reddit have confirmed the funeral service was “closed casket”. 7) 8)
Twelve days before his alleged death in India, Cotten filed a will leaving his entire estate to Jennifer Robertson. His assets included four properties, a private island, boat, plane, 2017 Lexus and a $100,000 fund for his two dogs. 9)
“When it comes to long term storage, the only solution in my opinion is cold storage. I'm a fan of BIP38 secured paper wallets, created using an Ubuntu flash drive.” 10)
“We actually store [Quadriga bitcoin] offline in paper wallets, in our bank’s vault in a safety deposit box because that’s the best way to keep the coins secure.” 11)