'Personal issues, work took a toll on her'

'Personal issues, work took a toll on her'

SINGAPORE - A young American CEO found dead outside an apartment block had a piece of paper stained with cocaine in her back pocket.

She was also on anti-depressants, extremely stressed over work and personal issues, and had been looking into ways of committing suicide just days before her death.

Ms Autumn Radtke, 28, died of multiple injuries, and there was no foul play, State Coroner Janet Wang found yesterday.

"It is apparent that Ms Radtke was determined to end her life and had made concerted efforts towards facilitating this outcome.

"It was unfortunate that the magnitude of the issues on the work and personal front had taken a toll on her and precipitated the tragic event," she said.

Ms Radtke, a former Silicon Valley whizz-kid, had moved to Singapore in December 2011 to be chief executive of First Meta, a locally based virtual currency exchange platform.

But the company did not take off as expected.

She had confided in her friends, co-workers and business associates that she was stressed over money matters, and even told some of them she had thoughts of killing herself.

Not her usual sunny self, she had lost weight, seemed depressed and anxious, and was on the anti-psychotic and anti-depression medication Deanxit.

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