One of the leading individuals in the fake news genre has been found dead just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. An autopsy was performed on Paul Horner's body which was found deceased in his bed at the age of 38 on September 18th. Mark Casey, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said that the autopsy revealed no signs of foul play. He also added that Horner had a history of prescription drug abuse and that "evidence at the scene suggested this could be an accidental overdose."
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Horner had gained notoriety with his tendency to post fake news, but his unexplained death leaves one wondering if something he did or said lead to his murder? Perhaps Horner's story accusing President Barack Obama of being both gay and a radical Muslim drew the attention of the democratic leaders. Or could it have been his article saying protesters were being paid thousands of dollars to demonstrate at Donald Trump's campaign rallies, which has since been proven to be true? We may never know but there is a long list of suspicious deaths of people who either worked closely with previous presidents and politicians or criticized them winding up dead under mysterious circumstances.
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According to Horner's brother, J.J., Paul always considered his work to be satire and was often surprised when other news agencies picked up his stories without fact-checking them. He explained that Paul had an interest in hoaxes and hypocrisy from a young age and this later lead to his success in the world of internet click bait." J.J. said, "So I think that was a lot of the genius behind a lot of his work was pushing ideas that either people wanted to believe or thought was possible. I think he just wanted people to just think for themselves and be credible for their actions."
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