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WHISTLEBLOWER AND FORMER NEWS OF THE WORLD WRITER, SEAN HOARE, FOUND DEAD
The News of the World phone hacking scandal turned media frenzy has grabbed the attention of many with allegations of improperly accessing the voicemails of celebrities and victims of crime, continual improprieties, the resignation of police officials, the implication of Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and the highly televised trial of News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. On Monday morning, tragedy struck as journalist and former News of the World employer Sean Hoare was found dead at his home north of London. Hoare, the initial whistleblower to the allegations, was employed with News of the World until 2005. He was known for living a “rock-star” lifestyle and partying with the celebrities he wrote about. Meera Selva of the Associated Press recounted that “Hoare was the kind of reporter who could knock back several whiskeys and a few lines of cocaine before filing salacious stories of celebrity misbehavior.” Even so, he was also known as a “charmer” and a great writer with the ability to make a story “sing.” The cause of Hoare’s death is unknown at the time. News Corporation, the world’s second largest media conglomerate, owns several US newspapers, including the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, and the Fox Broadcasting Company. Murdoch is currently being questioned at the parliamentary committee hearing in London.