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Sean Hoare, ‘News of the World’ Phone Hacking Whistleblower, Found Dead

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter turned phone hacking scandal whistleblower, has been found dead in his Watford home.

According to the Guardian, Hertfordshire police released the following statement:

 “At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for the welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after. The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.”

Hoare is the first named journalist to go on the record and accuse News of the World editor Andy Coulson of ordering the paper’s employees to intercept celebrity phone calls in an illegally aggressive quest for scoops. Among those who News of the World reporters and investigators hired by the tabloid snooped on were members of the British royal family, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the families of British troops killed in the War on Terror, murdered British teen Milly Dowler, victims of the July 2005 London terror attacks and possibly also victims of the September 11, 2001 New York and Washington terror attacks.

Hoare also told the New York Times that News of the World reporters paid off police to utilize police technology to locate people using their mobile phone signals.

Before his death, Hoare said that there was “more to come” in the hacking scandal.

It is well known that Hoare battled drug and alcohol addiction. He is said to have snorted three grams of cocaine every day. It is not currently known whether or not his substance abuse is what caused his death.

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