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19-Year-Old Son of Ex-YouTube CEO Found Dead at UC Berkeley Dorm

The 19-year-old son of former YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki died Tuesday inside a dorm at the University of California, Berkeley.

Marco Troper, a freshman math major, was found unresponsive in a Clark Kerr campus dorm around 4:23 p.m. Tuesday, according to KRON4, citing school officials.

Emergency responders’ attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.

“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 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 — sometimes referred to as the “Godmother of Silicon Valley” for her daughters’ successes — said her family wants to prevent a similar death from happening to another family.

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 major, 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 Feb. 2023 to “start a new chapter focused on my family, health, and personal projects.”

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  • Richard Mundy says:

    I’m sorry I can’t understand why parents don’t raise their children and explain that growing up and talking to them about drugs is dangerous maybe take them to church or something to encourage them that using illicit drugs can kill you. This young man sounds smart enough to know not to use this stuff but he did. We do have a problem in this country it does seem very difficult at stopping illegal drugs coming in at the southern border maybe the answer is laws on the books will dissuade this problem something like you get caught as a drug pusher automatic death sentence?

  • William Shaker says:

    Likely another fentanyl death. Progressive California whack job Susan Wojcicki just got a huge dose of Karma. This is what happens when YOUTUBE miscreants censor conservatives in an effort to influence elections and border policy. Congratulations Susan. You are reaping what you sewed. Likely another fentanyl death. Tragic, but preventable. If Susan is looking for someone to blame (a reflexive reaction among progressives), she need only look in the mirror.

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