Paul Horner, a lead writer to fake news websites was found dead on Sept. 18. Horner who was found by authorities in his bed, was known for writin false stories. He was 38.
Reports say the Maricopa County medical examiner performed an autopsy which showed there were no signs of foul play.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman revealed Horner had a history of prescription drug abuse and that “evidence at the scene suggested this could be an accidental overdose.”
According to USA Today, Horner was arrested after he was found to be in possession of more than $15,000 worth of drugs in 2011 in Chandler, a city in Arizona.
Paul who was born January 2, 1979 in Minnesota and later moved as a teen to Arizona, began drawing and making political cartoons at a very young age and took an interest in politics. He developed a sense of hypocrisy at a young age and later worked as clickbait in the internet world.
Some of his work included a story falsely claiming President Barack Obama was gay and a radical Muslim, and another saying protesters were being paid thousands of dollars to demonstrate at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.
His false stories were widely shared on social media during the race between Trump and Hillary Clinton, making him earn thousands of dollars. He said that he raked in roughly $10,000 per month from ads during the election season, even as companies like Google were trying to crack down on fake news.
In an interview with The Washington Post in 2016, Horner said he thought Trump was in the White House because of him.
But what he was really trying to do was to educate people. Paul viewed his work as satire, he wanted people to just think for themselves and be credible for their actions, to read more; get more involved instead of just blindly sharing things.
Though Horner certainly made a name for himself in the fake news world, not much is known about his personal life. It is not clear whether he had a wife and kids or even if he was in a current romantic relationship.
RIP Paul Horner.