Andrew Breitbart Dead At 43
News is slowly coming out this morning confirming that Andrew Breitbart, the conservative journalist firebrand, passed away last night at the age of 43 in Los Angeles:
Conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart has died, according to his website Big Government. He was 43.
“With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart,” the website reported Thursday morning.
The cause of death was not immediately revealed.
“Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles,” the Big Government post read. “We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.”
It continued: “Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.”
ABC News has confirmed the story:
Andrew Breitbart, the noted Internet publisher and author, has died, according to a source at Big Journalism. He was 43.
A statement posted on his website said that Breitbart died “unexpectedly from natural causes” this morning.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office confirmed to ABC News Radio that Breitbart died shortly after midnight at UCLA Medical Center.
The following statement was posted on Breitbart’s website today:
“With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.
We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.
Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:
I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.
Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.
Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.”
No word on a cause of death, although I must say that having seen Breitbart in passing several times during CPAC just last month he certainly didn’t seem like a man with any health problems. I can’t say I’ve ever been a Breitbart fan, and I’ve criticized his work several times, but 43 is too young to die and there’s a wife and four kids who are grieving today. So, Rest In Peace.
Update: I’m not going to censor anyone’s comments except in extreme circumstances, but the whole idea of “If you don’t have anything nice to say…..” would seem to apply in this situation. At the very least, let’s try to avoid acting like these people.
Words completely fail me right now. There will be more to say later, but right now, all I feel is shock and devastation at the loss of a friend, and a man who was loved by many people whom I consider friends. My heart goes out to them now, and in the days ahead.
Andrew had a great many detractors, many of whom I also consider friends, and although he reveled in their hatred, I hope every decent person can respect the grief of his friends, and their own humanity, enough to grant silence.
Sounds like good advice to me.