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Phone number suspended after users die

A phone company has suspended the number 0888 888 888 — after every person assigned to it in the last 10 years died.

The first owner, Vladimir Grashnov — the former CEO of Bulgarian mobile phone company Mobitel which issued the number — died of cancer in 2001 aged just 48. The number then passed to Bulgarian crime boss Konstantin Dimitrov (31) — who was gunned down in 2003 by a lone assassin in the Netherlands.

Next owner was Konstantin Dishliev, a crooked businessman who was himself assassinated by gunmen in Bulgaria's capital Sofia. Now phone bosses are said to have suspended the number for good. Callers get a recorded message saying the phone is “outside network coverage”.

A Mobitel spokesman would only say: “We have no comment to make. We won't discuss individual numbers.”

Belfast Telegraph