The tech-boss who created the Cash App payment platform was fatally stabbed in San Francisco early on Tuesday, police have said.
Bob Lee, who was the chief product officer of MobileCoin, died after being attacked on the city’s Main Street in the early hours of the morning.
The San Francisco Police Department said officers had responded to a report of a stabbing on at 2.35am and found a 43-year-old man suffering from apparent stab wounds.
The victim died at a hospital.
Police did not identify the victim, but MobileCoin confirmed Mr Lee’s death in response to an email from The Associated Press on Wednesday.
“Our dear friend and colleague, Bob Lee passed away yesterday at the age of 43, survived by a loving family and collection of close friends and collaborators,” MobileCoin CEO Josh Goldbard said in a statement.
Mr Lee was “made for the new world”, Mr Goldbard wrote.
“From large contributions to Android at google, to being the first CTO of Square, in that time creating CashApp, and working with us here at Mobilecoin, Bob surely had an impact that will last far beyond his short time on earth,” he said.
Mr Lee came to MobileCoin as an early stage investor and adviser, then became chief product officer and helped launch the Moby app, Mr Goldbard said.
Mr Lee was the chief technology officer at digital payments company Square in 2013 when it launched a money transfer application now known as Cash App.
The police statement did not provide any details on the circumstances of the stabbing.
“This is an open and active investigation. For that reason we are not releasing further information,” Officer Niccole Pacchetti, a public information officer, said in an email.
“We will provide further details when they become available.”