A former News of the World journalist who blew the whistle on the phone-hacking scandal was found dead today at his home in the U.K., the Daily Mail reports.
“Sean Hoare’s body was found on a extraordinary day when a Met police chief resigned over the phone hacking scandal, four senior officers were facing questions and the Prime Minister was forced to call an emergency session of Parliament,” the story reports.
Authorities said Hoare’s death was “not thought to be suspicious,” and were exploring the theory that it was a suicide, according to the story.
Hoare was the first to accuse former News of the World editor Andy Coulson of knowing about the phone hacking by employees of the paper. Coulson later resigned from his position.
A police spokesman is quoted in the story as saying: “At 10:40 a.m. today police were called to Langley Road in Watford following the concerns for welfare of a man who lives at an address in the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival 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 is not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing.”
According to the story: “Mr Hoare blew the whistle on the phone-hacking scandal during an investigation by The New York Times last September. He then told the BBC that he was personally asked by Mr. Coulson to hack into phones and branded the former editor’s claim that he was unaware of the practice as ‘simply a lie.’
“Mr Hoare, a former showbusiness reporter at the newspaper, claimed that Mr. Coulson asked him to hack into phone messages in pursuit of stories.”