His death has been called a suicide, as he apparently died from a gunshot to the head. Given the nature of his most contraversial work, one can forgive this writer for being suspicious as to whether or not Mr. Webb actually took his own life. The CIA, which was deeply embarrassed by Webb's series in the San Jose Mercury News back in 1996 is known for assassinating political opponents. With the Passage of the USA PATRIOT act, the CIA is now able to conduct such dirty business inside our borders.
Regardless of the circumstances of Mr. Webb's death, authentic, muckraking journalism has lost a true champion. Below is the original story link, as well as the full Dark Alliance series online. Gary Webb later expanded this series into a book by the same name.