Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark Co-Founder Found Dead At Gainesville Residence
Things have been tough for Groovershark lately. The popular music streaming service was shut down a couple of months back as a part of a settlement dispute. The site officially went down in April, with its homepage acknowledging a failure to recognize appropriate copyright laws and infringing on intellectual property rights of record companies. Well, we have more sad news for the site’s dedicated followers today. Josh Greenberg, co-founder of Groovershark has been found dead at his Gainesville residence Sunday evening.
Josh Greenberg, co-founder of #Grooveshark was found dead in his Gainesville home Sunday evening. No evidence of foul play or suicide.
— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) July 20, 2015
Grooveshark Co-Founder Josh Greenberg Found Dead At Gainesville Residence
In a sad development today, Grooveshark Co-Founder Josh Greenberg has been found dead at his Gainesville residence by the local PD. This update comes via the Gainesville Police Department’s official twitter account, as can be seen in the image above. As of now, the police do not suspect any evidence of foul play or suicide with regards to Greenberg’s sudden death. The 28 year old founder of one of the oldest music streaming service was not known to have had any major health issues either, and his death remains a mystery as of now.
Greenberg and Sam Tarantino, both founded Grooveshark at the age of 19, in their freshmen years at the University of Florida in 2006. The site had been the target of a variety of law suits over the past couple of years, with the latest ruling resulting in its termination. Widely known for his community outreach activities, Greenberg was always eager to mentor new and upcoming talent through various initiatives such as the Shark internship program, the Grooveshark university and the Founder’s Pad initiative. His success with Groovershark is credited by many to have put Gainesville on the map.
Greenberg is survived through his mother, Lori Greenberg, younger brother Jacob and grandparents Jerry and Sandy Greenberg. A sad day for the tech industry and Gainesville Florida in particular. We’ll be updating you with the details around this matter as soon as it develops. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers are with Josh’s family and friends.