A man famous for writing fake news articles during the 2016 presidential election was discovered dead in his own bed earlier this month.
On September 18, Paul Horner, 38, was found inside his Arizona home, not far from Phoenix.
According to the Associated Press, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Casey announced the discovery on Tuesday. He said a medical examiner performed an autopsy which indicated that there were no signs of foul play.
Furthermore, Casey said Horner had a history of prescription drug abuse. He went on to say that "evidence at the scene suggested this could be an accidental overdose."
Horner was famous for creating false stories and internet hoaxes, many of which went viral. One such false story claimed President Barack Obama was gay and a radical Muslim.
In an interview with The Washington Post in 2016, Horner credited himself for putting President Donald Trump in office.
"My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don't fact-check anything — they'll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist," Horner said in that interview.
His brother, J.J. Horner said Paul considered his work satire.
"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," JJ said, adding that his brother wasn’t a Trump supporter.
"I think he just wanted people to just think for themselves and be credible for their actions," JJ said. "Read more; get more involved instead of just blindly sharing things."
According to CBS News, Trump's son Eric and his then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, shared links to Paul’s stories.
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