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News of the World whistleblower found dead in England

A former News of the World reporter who spoke publicly about the weekly tabloid’s phone-hacking has been found dead in England, the Guardian is reporting.

Sean Hoare’s death is not being treated as suspicious, police said.

Hoare worked with then-editor Andy Coulson before being dismissed for drug and alcohol problems. Hoare was the first employee of the tabloid to speak on the record about phone-hacking and said Coulson was well aware of the practice.

Not only that, Hoare said, Coulson encouraged him to tap into the phone records and conversations of politicians and celebrities.  

Coulson resigned as editor in 2007 and became the communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron. He resigned that position in January and was arrested on July 8 in connection to the phone-hacking scandal.

Cameron has cut short a trip to Africa to prepare for an emergency session of Parliament this week.

The scandal forced News Corp. to close the 168-year-old tabloid on July 10, and prompted the company’s CEO Rupert Murdoch to apologize to the family of one of the victims. Murdoch has also run ads in British papers apologizing for the breaches. Murdoch and his son James are expected to appear before Parliament this week.

Another former News of the World editor, Rebekah Brooks, was arrested Sunday over allegations of phone hacking as well as bribing police.

Two senior London police officers are resigning in the wake of the scandal. Paul Stephenson, the commissioner of Metropolitan Police Service, which is commonly known as Scotland Yard, said Sunday he’s resigning, and assistant commissioner John Yates announced his resignation Monday.