Dr. John Forsyth, a prominent figure in the crypto space and an emergency room doctor, was found dead on May 30th with a gunshot wound. He had been missing for a week after failing to show up for work at the Mercy Hospital in Cassville, Missouri. His unlocked car was discovered near the hospital with his belongings, including his wallet, passport, laptop, and work briefcase, inside. The police did not suspect any foul play in his death.
Forsyth was the co-founder of ONFO coin, a referral-based cryptocurrency project based on “social mining”. He was also an early adopter of Bitcoin and a vocal critic of the U.S. dollar. In 2020, Forbes called him a "Bitcoin millionaire" who had a passion for mathematics and blockchain technology.
Forsyth's death is the latest in a series of mysterious fatalities among crypto enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. In April, Bob Lee, the creator of Cash App and former technology chief at Square, was stabbed to death in San Francisco. Last June, Mircea Popescu, a controversial Bitcoin billionaire, drowned in Costa Rica. Some speculate that their crypto fortunes may be lost forever without access to their private keys.