One of the first people to blow the whistle on phone hacking by News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid was found dead Monday. Police said the death was being treated as unexplained but was not considered suspicious, according to Britain’s Press Association.
Sean Hoare’s body was discovered at his home in Watford, England, about 25 miles northwest of London, after police were called to the house, the Guardian newspaper said.
Hoare worked as an entertainment reporter at News of the World with Coulson, who resigned as United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron’s press secretary earlier this year because of the scandal.
Coulson has said he didn’t know the hacking was taking place.
David Sonn, a lawyer for Hoare, said his death is “a terrible tragedy.”
Contributing: Bloomberg News, AP