Just one day before a UK parliamentary committee is to hear evidence from James and Rupert Murdoch and former News International executive Rebekah Brooks on the News of the World phone hacking debacle, a whistleblower of the scandal has been found dead.

Sean Hoare, a former celebrity reporter at NotW and journo at The Sun, came forward last year to reveal that then-editor Andy Coulson had asked him to hack phones in order to chase stories. He said he had played voicemail messages for Coulson and that claims by Coulson that he was unaware of the phone hacking were "simply a lie". Hoare's body was discovered at his home and police said his death was not thought to be suspicious. NotW sacked Hoare due to drug and alcohol problems and has previously warned other media outlets that Hoare's allegations against the paper should be treated with "extreme scepticism".