Marco Troper, 19-year-old son of former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, found dead in dorm

The 19-year-old son of former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has been found dead inside a dorm – just a few months after starting university.

Marco Troper, a first year student at the University of California, Berkeley, was found unresponsive in the Clark Kerr student complex on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Emergency responders’ attempted to resuscitate the math major but were unsuccessful, The New York Post reports.

“Berkeley Fire Department notified UCPD that they were attempting life-saving measures on the victim,” the University of California Police Department said in a statement.

“UCPD responded, and Berkeley Fire Department pronounced the person deceased.”

Police found no signs of foul play at the scene, while Troper’s grandmother, Esther Wojcicki, said she believed the teen died from a suspected drug overdose.

“He ingested a drug, and we don’t know what was in it,” Esther Wojcicki told SFGATE. “One thing we do know, it was a drug.”

“We want to prevent this from happening to any other family,” added Wojcicki, who is sometimes referred to as the “Godmother of Silicon Valley” due to her daughters’ successes.

A toxicology report to confirm Troper’s cause of death will take up to 30 days, according to the outlet.

Wojcicki remembered her grandson as “the most kind, loving, smart, fun and beautiful human being” in a touching tribute.

“Our family is devastated beyond comprehension,” Wojcicki wrote in a post on Facebook Wednesday.

Troper, a promising math student, was in his second semester at UC Berkeley and a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity.

“Marco’s life was cut too short,” Wojcicki added. “We are all devastated, thinking about all the opportunities and life experiences that he will miss and we will miss together.”

“Marco, we all love you and miss you more than you will ever know.”

Susan Wojcicki married her husband David Troper in 1998 and they share five children.

She was appointed CEO of the famed video platform in 2014 and named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people the following year.

Susan Wojcicki resigned from her position — and 25 years with the company — in February 2023 to “start a new chapter focused on my family, health, and personal projects”.

This article originally appeared on The New York Post and has been reproduced here with permission

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