Paul Horner, a fake news writer who propagated numerous hoaxes via social media, has died.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Casey confirmed that Horner died in his bed on Sept. 18, NBC News reported. There were no signs of foul play, he said.
Horner, he said, had a history of prescription drug abuse, noting there was “evidence at the scene suggested this could be an accidental overdose," the spokesman stated.
He also claimed to have written a number of fake news stories during the 2016 election.
"I think he just wanted people to just think for themselves and be credible for their actions," J.J. Horner added. "Read more; get more involved instead of just blindly sharing things."
After the 2016 election, Facebook and Google cracked down on hoax websites.
Horner operated a number of fake news domains such as ABCNews.com.co, which appeared very similar to ABC News, and similar websites.
He said that he often times would target supporters of Donald Trump.