No evidence of third party in whistleblower's death: police

19th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The death of Sean Hoare, a former News of the World journalist and whistleblower on the escalating phone-hacking scandal, was "not suspicious" and involved no third party, police said a post-mortem showed Tuesday.

The post-mortem carried out on 47-year-old Hoare, who was found dead at his home north of London on Monday, revealed there was "no evidence" that anyone else was involved in the death.

A toxicology report is expected within weeks.

Hoare's body was discovered at his home in Watford, a suburb north of the British capital, less than a year after he became the first named journalist to allege that one-time editor Andy Coulson knew about hacking at the tabloid.

Hoare was reportedly battling drink and drug addiction from his years as a high-rolling showbusiness reporter searching for scoops on the London party circuit.

© 2011 AFP

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