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Famed Fake News Writer That Claimed He Turned Election For Trump Found Dead

The term ‘fake news’ entered the general vernacular in a big way during last year’s presidential election. President Donald Trump coined the term and used it to call out members of the media that failed to tell the whole story, but there were other offshoots of the term as well. There really was a lot of fake news making the rounds last year, and it got to the point that you didn’t know what to believe. Stories were shared with abandon on social media that claimed outrageous things about the major candidates, and the overwhelming majority were later proved to be totally false.

As the Daily Mail shares, some shocking news has emerged on one of the most famous purveyors of fake news. Paul Horner, who boasted that he was responsible for getting Trump elected, has been found dead at his home at the age of 38. No foul play is suspected, but early signs point to the possibility of an accidental overdose. His brother, JJ, took to social media to pass along the sad news.

“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news of the passing of Paul Horner. He left us peacefully in his sleep Monday morning, September 18th at our mother's house in Laveen. He was a loving son and brother, an artist, a heroic writer and story teller, a preacher, a caretaker for our brother Brian, an internet wizard, a humanitarian, an activist, a philosopher, a comedian, a patriot, Banksy (twice), Bill Murray, a dolphin, and my biggest fan,” JJ wrote. “Above all he was the most loving and generous human I've ever known. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace brother. I love you so much, I know you're out there somewhere.”

Horner rose to fame by circulating outrageous stories, such as that former President Barack Obama is, in fact, a radical Muslim, and he didn’t have even the slightest crisis of conscience while doing so.

“Honestly, people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that's how Trump got elected,” Horner said during an interview with the Washington Post. “He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn't care because they'd already accepted it. It's real scary. I've never seen anything like it.”

He would go on to make some pretty boastful claims about his role in how the election ultimately shook out.

“My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time,” he added. “I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don't fact-check anything — they'll post everything, believe anything.”

Regardless of feelings about how he made his living, this is incredibly sad to hear that his life came to an end at such a young age. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and loved ones.

Source: Daily Mail, NY Daily News
Photo: YouTube

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