Digital entrepreneur and Clubhouse influencer Jin Yu passes away
By Bryan Ke
August 12, 2021
Jin Yu, a digital entrepreneur and Clubhouse influencer known as WOLF x LION, has recently passed away “as peacefully as possible” in a hospital surrounded by family.
What happened: Yu’s younger sister, Julie Yu-Meier, kept the entrepreneur’s friends and family updated through the GoFundMe campaign she set up to cover his medical bills, according to People.
- Yu was rushed to the ICU on July 30, but his condition had “taken a turn” for the worse on Tuesday while he was on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine — or life support.
- “I am at a loss of words as my heart is shattered in this moment but we wanted all of you to know,” Yu-Meier said in one of the latest GoFundMe updates. “I knew that if there was a miracle it would be my brother Jin but in the same breath I know he is resting now.”
- She wrote that Yu was hospitalized and on a ventilator due to COVID-19 around two weeks ago.
- The GoFundMe has raised over $134,000 as of this writing.
Tributes: Yu’s friends took to social media to pay tribute to the late Clubhouse influencer, including music producer and songwriter Rod Kim, musician and producer Anthony Valadez and Mashable founder Pete Cashmore, The Focus reported.
About Jin Yu: Yu, who was born in Daegu, South Korea before moving to Minnesota as a child, attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, the entrepreneur told Dear Asian Americans in March 2020.
- Yu dropped out after his second year and moved to Los Angeles to work in the food industry. Using his connections, Yu launched the experiential event company Jin&Quinn and worked as its managing partner for 10 years.
- He eventually found his way into the tech industry and became an executive and investor. He co-founded the app Surkus and was the Chief Growth Officer of Vezt Inc., which he billed as the “World’s First Blockchain Music Royalty Marketplace” on his LinkedIn profile.
- Yu was an integral part of TIME magazine’s launch of Clubhouse. He launched the Talk Nerdy to Me Room, which gained over 170,000 members.
Featured Image via GoFundMe
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