Bitcoin billionaire Mircea Popescu, one of the richest owners of Bitcoin, has died, according to local reports.

Popescu was a Romanian by residency, provocateur by occupation, and the “world’s greatest erotica writer” by proclamation, Popescu leaves behind a legacy strewn across so many blogs and forums it was difficult to even during his life to separate the man from the myth.

Popescu, rumored to be one of the largest individual bitcoin holders – he has claimed to hold 1 million coins, though more conservative estimates place his holdings in the tens of thousands — is believed to have died at the age of 41, according to a story first surfacing in a Costa Rican news report this week.

While unconvincing on its own – the article mentions only his name – the news has since been affirmed by three different women with whom he was known to have had long-standing, reportedly consensual master-slave relationships.

But if much of the early Twitter rumblings have focused on the size of his rumored holdings (and questions about whether they will wind up for sale), the remainder of this article will focus on Popescu’s controversial legacy in Bitcoin.

Rizzo also posted a “collection” of his “favorite” quotes by Popescu that the latter blogged. “Bitcoin is fate. It operates completely outside of any human agency. For all, you know about who (Satoshi) Nakamoto was… Bitcoin might as well have created itself.”

“I like Bitcoin because I like freedom. Simple as that,” Popescu had once said.

He was an avid blogger and posted 70-100 blogs in a month. But the blog, many said, was full of racist and sexist content. The blog, Trilema.com, is inaccessible in India, possibly due to its content.

In another Twitter post, Rizzo wrote, “Mircea Popescu was offensive, flawed and unapologetic. His death* is the most significant in #Bitcoin’s history since the passing of Hal Finney.”

The Bitcoin billionaire was into “master/slave” relationships and is often accused of being a “woman-hater” and a racist.

Details on his death are sketchy at the moment, but reports indicate he supposedly drowned, although many people believe he’s alive and “faked” his death.

Reports show that the incident occurred at about 8:30 am. Local reports claim Popescu jumped into the sea for a swim and was swept away by the current and died on the spot.

Sources: Wayne Dupree, CNBC TV18, Bitcoin Magazine

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