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Report: News Of The World Whistleblower Found Dead

The Guardian is reporting that Sean Hoare, a former News of the World reporter who was first to allege that former editor Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead. “Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home,” reports the Guardian‘s Amelia Hill, James Robinson, Caroline Davies.

According to the paper’s report, little is known as to the manner of death:

Hertfordshire police would not confirm his identity, but the force said in a statement: “At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for 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.”

The Guardian reports Hoare first made his claims in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World.

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