A author who became scandalous for peddling “fake news” during a 2016 US choosing debate has died during 38.
Paul Horner was found passed in his bed in Laveen, Arizona, on 18 September, after a suspected drug overdose, officials said.
Horner, who published feign articles on Facebook and websites he set up, claimed he was a reason Donald Trump was inaugurated in November.
Fake news was a vital regard during and after a US presidential campaign.
A swell of made-up stories has been indicted by some of conversion a outcome of a vote.
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Among Horner’s creations was a feign explain that former President Barack Obama was both happy and a radical Muslim.
Mr Trump’s son Eric, and debate manager Corey Lewandowski, posted one of Horner’s feign news equipment about protesters being paid $3,000 to denote opposite a Republican candidate.
‘Humour and comedy’
Many of Horner’s sites, such as newsexaminer.net, had names secretly suggesting legitimacy.
However, Horner shielded his work as “political satire”.
“There’s a lot of humour and comedy in it,” he told CNN in December. “I do it to try to teach people. we see certain things wrong in multitude that we don’t like and opposite targets.”
His hermit Jj Horner posted on Facebook that he had died in his nap during his mother’s house, describing a author as “an internet wizard, a humanitarian, an activist, a philosopher, a comedian”.
A Maricopa County sheriff’s bureau spokesman, Mark Casey, after reliable a genocide and pronounced an autopsy had shown no signs of tainted play.
He pronounced Horner had a story of medication drug abuse and that “evidence during a stage suggested this could be an random overdose”.
‘I hatred Trump’
After entrance underneath pressure, sites such as Facebook have been operative with US investigators to lane down a authors of misinformation on a internet and settle either they directed to lean voters.
In an talk with a Washington Post in November, Horner said: “I consider Trump is in a White House since of me.
“My sites were picked adult by Trump supporters all a time… His supporters don’t fact-check anything – they’ll post everything, trust anything.”
But asked either he targeted feign news during Hillary Clinton’s supporters to assistance her rival, he answered: “No. we hatred Trump.”