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Post mortem on war reporter
James Forlong
Mr Forlong was an award-winning reporter for 10 years
A post-mortem examination is being carried out on the body of a former Sky News reporter who was found dead at his home.

James Forlong, 44, was discovered by his wife Elaine just after 0230 BST on Saturday at their home in Hove, East Sussex.

Mr Forlong resigned from his job as Sky's joint defence and royal correspondent in July following allegations that he faked a report during the Iraq war.

His wife Elaine said on Monday that her husband had been "shattered" after losing his job.

The footage was part of a pool report made available to other news organisations and was also shown on ITV News.

'Lapse of judgement'

The journalist claimed to have exclusive access aboard the submarine HMS Splendid.

But a BBC film crew said his report was based on library pictures of a missile being fired.

The family are devastated by his death which we are still trying to come to terms with
Elaine Forlong
Following the documentary, called Fighting The War, Mr Forlong admitting to a "lapse of judgement" in presenting library pictures as live footage.

He resigned shortly after being suspended. A Sky investigation later cleared producer Lucy Chaytor.

In a statement, Mrs Forlong said that she and their 15-year-old son Christopher - who has Down's Syndrome - and 12-year-old daughter Katie were in a state of shock.

"The family are devastated by his death which we are still trying to come to terms with.

"He had been shattered by the recent blow to his career as a journalist."

HMS Splendid
The misleading footage involved HMS Splendid
A Sussex Police spokesman said the circumstances surrounding his death were not thought to be suspicious.

Former colleagues at Sky expressed shock at Mr Forlong's death.

As well as war reporting, Mr Forlong fronted Sky's coverage of the Golden Jubilee as well as the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

He began his career in newspapers, with the West Sussex County Times and the Brighton Evening Argus, and later reported for BBC radio.

Mr Forlong, who was embedded aboard aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk during the Iraq war, switched to television in 1988, reporting for ITN from Somalia, Syria, Lebanon and Bosnia.

He then joined Sky News as Senior Foreign Correspondent in 1993 and worked in South Africa, India and throughout Asia.




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