THE FAMILY of a cryptocurrency genius whose body was found floating in the Hudson River said they were trying to get him help after his building pushed to evict him for setting fires and smearing blood in elevators.
Shuvro Biswas' body was found floating in the New York river on Monday, prompting his family to divulge the mathematician's success came at a great mental cost.
"We’re all extremely devastated," his brother Biprojit Biswas, 34, told the New York Post. "There’s no words."
His brother said Biswas, 31, was a math genius who was working with both crypto and artificial intelligence at the time of his death.
"He’s a really good guy. He’s brilliant," his brother continued. "He went to Bronx High School of Science," a high honors high school in New York.
"He went on to study applied mathematics. We’re still not sure where things went wrong."
The elder Biswas said Shuvro was self-employed and working on a cryptocurrency security program. He also has some experience working with AI.
However, Shuvro's demeanor began changing in the recent years, his brother said, but added he kept them quiet from his family.
"He was always a normal, healthy person, or so he led us to believe," Biprojit said. "The changes started coming only in the past year. He would say things that didn’t make much sense from time to time."
"He had a girlfriend and they had a bad breakup, but I don’t want to say that was the cause of everything," he added. "He didn’t really like to share much. He’s a private person."
Biprojit said his family sought to get him mental help, but Shuvro was adamantly against it.
"We tried to convince him to the best of our abilities to seek professional help, but he always denied that he needed psychiatric help," said Biprojit. "He was going to a neurologist but he wouldn’t say for what."
Court filings seen by the Post show Shuvro's building had taken him to court to evict him this past February for allegedly setting fires, brandishing a knife, and smearing blood inside an elevator.
"Defendant is a ticking time bomb who, just months into the Lease, has engaged in numerous incidents of escalating, offensive nuisance-type conduct that threatens the lives, health, safety and well-being of Building staff, Building residents and Building property," wrote lawyers in a filing.
The building's management claimed in the filing that Shuvro had intentionally set his mattress on fire right next to an open propane tank in his apartment.
In addition to the building's allegations, Shuvro was accused of illegally installing surveillance cameras and alarm system, tossed bullets throughout the building, and filed numerous false reports of intruders with cops.
In one filing, he greeted officers to his call while "brandishing" a "sword."
Biprojit said his brother told him the arson allegation was a cooking mishap.
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"There was a fire in his apartment. He said it was a cooking accident," he said. "The fire department came in and put it out. The department had some questions for him, but they never came back with the questions."
Shuvro's body was sent to the city's Medical Examiner’s Office, which will determine a cause of death.
Police do not suspect any foul play.