Spooked phone bosses suspend 0888 888 888 – after everyone who owns it dies

Unlucky numbers: Bulgarian phone chiefs don't want anyone else to get 0888 888 888

A mobile phone company was forced to suspend one of its numbers – after everyone assigned it dies.

The first person to own the number 0888 888 888 was Bulgarian Mobitel CEO Vladimir Grashnov, who died of cancer in 2001 aged 48, The Daily Mail reported.

The number was then given to underworld figure Konstantin Dimitrov who was gunned down in the Netherlands in 2003.

It was claimed that Russian mafia bosses were jealous of his drug-smuggling operations and planned his murder.

Crooked businessman Konstantin Dishliev was then given the number before he was also gunned down outside an Indian restaurant in the capital Sofia in 2005.

The estate agent had been covertly running a cocaine trafficking operation and was killed after police discovered his haul coming into the country from South America.

The number had remained dormant while police investigated the latest murder and drug smuggling ring, but bosses have now suspended the jinxed line indefinitely.

When the number is dialled, callers receive a recorded message saying the phone is ‘outside network coverage’.

A Mobitel spokesman would not comment on the issue and said the company did not discuss individual numbers.

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