By Jeff Labrecque
Updated July 18, 2011 at 07:30 PM EDT

Sean Hoare, a former News of the World reporter who accused prominent editor Andy Coulson of “encouraging” phone hacking of celebrities and public figures, was found dead at his home near London on Monday, according to CNN. His death is “unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious,” police told the British Press Association.

Hoare had spoken on the record to the New York Times last year about phone-hacking. The allegations have since bloomed into a full-fledged scandal resulting in the closing of the News of the World and a cloud surrounding its parent, News Corp.

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