London: Former News Of The World journalist and whistleblower of the 9/11 phone-hacking scandal Sean Hoare was found dead at his home in Watford, 40 kms away from London.
The police on Monday evening said that Hoare's death was being treated as unexplained. So far the police have not termed it suspicious.
In an interview to the New York Times in 2010, Hoare had first alleged that illegal practices like phone hacking were used at the tabloid under the editorship of Andy Coulson. Coulson was editor of the News of the World between 2003 and 2007 and later went on to become British Prime Minister David Cameron's aide. Coulson was arrested a fortnight back.
Meanwhile, trouble has been piling up for Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch and his son James along with former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks will be facing British MPs in Parliament on Tuesday.
They will face questions related to alleged illegal phone hacking and police bribery at the now defunct News of the World.
British politicians have been unanimous in slamming the practices adopted by the tabloid leading to nation-wide outrage.
Two top Scotland Yard policemen Sir Paul Stephenson and his deputy John Yates have also resigned.
The LulzSec collective hacked Murdoch-owned The Sun's website late on Monday night and redirected it to another hacked page falsely reporting that Rupert Murdoch had been found dead.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg's reports that News Corp. is considering elevating COO Chase Carey as CEO to succeed Rupert Murdoch
The police were not expected to move this fast, but they have been under growing pressure to do something quickly and to do something decisively.
In one way or another the noose has been tightening around the Murdoch empire.