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Gawker.com to shut down next week

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NEW YORK — Gawker.com will be “ending operations” next week, the site said in a blog post Thursday.

The decision comes days after Univision won a $135 million bid for Gawker Media, which includes blogs such as the women-focused Jezebel, tech-oriented Gizmodo and sports site Deadspin.

Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing CEO, told staff the news Thursday afternoon, hours before a bankruptcy court judge will rule on the media company’s sale.

“The near-term plans for Gawker.com’s coverage, as well as the site’s archives, have not yet been finalized,” the site said.

It’s been a tumultuous year for the website, which was put on the auction block in the aftermath of a $140 million judgment against it in the Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy case. That forced the 14-year-old company to file for bankruptcy protection.

The case gained additional notoriety when it was revealed Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel secretly bankrolled Hogan’s suit. Thiel was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007.

In its post announcing the site’s end, Gawker noted that the news comes “four months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company,” and included a link to its article titled, “This Is Why Billionaire Peter Thiel Wants to End Gawker.”