Mystery surrounds the death of the former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare. The 47 year old was found dead at his UK home on Monday evening.
Hoare was the first named journalist to allege that former tabloid editor Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff.
In an interview with the BBC’s Panorama he revealed: “If you’ve got to get a story, you’ve got to get it by whatever means.” The interviewier then asked him if he was subject to that kind of pressure. “Yes of course I was. That is the culture of News International,” he replied.
Police were quick to say that Hoare’s death was unexplained but not suspicious. A postmortem on his body is underway.
The showbiz reporter was fired from the News of the World because of drug and alcohol problems and had spent time in rehab.
Ben Chu, a journalist with Britain’s Independent newspaper thinks the timing is remarkable: “It’s dramatic timing – his death. Having said that I’ve not spoken to anyone or know anyone who thinks this is foul play at work. They think it is a macabre coincidence.”
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, went on to become Prime Minister David Cameron’s Communications chief, before resigning early this year.
One of Hoares neighbours, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the former reporter had showed signs of “paranoia” in recent days.