After 13 years, Gawker will be coming offline

The American blog website to post its last post next week

Launched in January 2003, Gawker was one of the internet's most popular and well-read websites, with web-analytics claiming that the site was hitting over 23 million visits per month.

Just a few days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media’s six other websites, the website announced that it will be shutting down, citing a specific relation to Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who Gawker claims has spent millions of dollars backing third-party claims against the website.

These claims include the recent Hulk Hogan litigation, in which the former-wrestler successfully sued the website for $140 million in damages by a Florida jury in an invasion of privacy case over its publication of a sex tape.

In a statement released on the website, the people at Gawker say: "Nick Denton, the company’s outgoing CEO, informed current staffers of the site’s fate on Thursday afternoon, just hours before a bankruptcy court in Manhattan will decide whether to approve Univision’s bid for Gawker Media’s other assets.

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