Cursed Cell Number Retired After Owners Keep Dying Three users in 10 years suffer same fate in Bulgaria By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 29, 2010 2:16 PM CDT 20 comments Comments Three owners of a cell phone number died in 10 years. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) (Newser) – Grim reaper going high tech? Bulgaria has retired a cellphone number after three consecutive owners turned up dead. The first was the chief of a cellphone company who died of cancer, though rumor has it that a rival did him in with radioactive poisoning, reports the Telegraph. The next two were shady characters, a mafia boss and a corrupt businessman, both of whom were gunned down. Now callers get a permanent message saying the phone is "outside network coverage."