Grooveshark’s Co-Founder Found Dead Months After Site’s Shutdown

Josh Greenberg, the founder of music streaming site Grooveshark, has been found dead in his home in Gainsville, Florida. The cause of the death is unknown. Greenberg was 28.

Gainesville Police confirmed that there is no evidence of foul play or suicide. Greenberg’s mother told the Gainsville Sun that Josh had no known health problems, and that he was “excited about new potential things.”

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Grooveshark was a hugely popular music streaming site that was founded in 2006, but had frequent run ins with the law over copyright violations. At its peak, Grooveshark had 40 million users and 145 employees across Gainesville and New York. The site had been finally shut down  in April this year, as a part of a settlement between the service and Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.

Josh Greenberg, along with Sam Torino, had cofounded the site while a freshman at University of Florida, and had gone on to become Grooveshark’s CTO. Since founding the site, Greenberg had been active in the startup community, helping train other entrepreneurs and computer programmers to get their start in the tech industry through Grooveshark University classes and the Summer with the Sharks internship program.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.