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R.I.P. Josh Greenberg, 28-year-old Grooveshark co-founder, found dead

on July 20, 2015, 3:45pm

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Josh Greenberg, the entrepreneur who helped found music streaming service Grooveshark, was found dead in his Gainesville, Florida home on Sunday. The body of the 28-year-old was discovered by his girlfriend, Abby Mayer, as she returned from a weekend away.

Greenberg’s death comes just three months after Grooveshark closed its doors following a lengthy legal battle with major labels. The company was shut down on April 30th after agreeing to pay Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music a multi-million dollar settlement for failing to secure proper licensing for the music it provided users for free.

According to the Gainesville Police, there is “no evidence of foul play or suicide.” In fact, Greenberg’s mother, Lori Greenberg, told the The Gainesville Sun that her son had actually been relieved rather than depressed about Grooveshark’s end and the high sum settlement. “He was excited about potential new things that he was going to start,” she said, adding that authorities are “as baffled as I am.”

An autopsy was scheduled to take place Monday morning, though the results have yet to be made public. Though drugs do not appear to be a factor, a toxicology report should be finished in two to three months.

Greenberg co-founded Grooveshark with Sam Tarantino as a 19-year-old University of Florida freshman. He also helped start MaidSuite, an online application aiding cleaning companies and similar service providers in scheduling appointments; TapShield, an app that offer “enhanced 911 functionality to smartphones and emergency responders;” and the Gainesville Dev Academy, which offers training in computer programming. Greenberg was also a founding member of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Gainesville Technology Council.

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