Yes. Andre is pretty much alive and working on his projects. The recent fiasco got him fedup with social media due to death threats etc. In reality it was stupid investors who got rektd due to their greed.
Looks like it. From the article:
>POSTSCRIPT (Oct. 9, 19:10 UTC): Shortly after this article was published, Cronje sent a tweet denying he had quit, contradicting what he had told CoinDesk on Oct. 1 and again Thursday. This article accurately reflects the Telegram chats and we stand by it.