Oh, man, this is terrible and sad. AskSteem is an amazing asset in the Steem ecosystem and it is going to leave a huge gaping hole. We are all feeling the pinch of this broken market, some more than others and I am sorry that it ended this way for you.
On behalf of the Steem community and developers who relied on your services, thank you for everything and I hope to see you rise from the ashes when and if the market ever recovers.
Is it possible that AskSteem would ever be open sourced? Maybe someone else might be willing to spin up a server and host a search API as well, if only for their own projects.