Dean Barnett Dies at 41

Townhall blogger, Weekly Standard writer, and Hugh Hewitt guest host Dean Barnett died yesterday at the age of 41 after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis.

Bill Kristol: “It’s my sad duty to report that our good friend and valued contributor Dean Barnett passed away today. He was a remarkable man–principled, witty, and to all of us, a model of grace and courage. We mourn his passing and cherish his memory.”

Hugh Hewitt: “Dean’s combination of sparking intelligence and enormous good humor made him one fo the most memorable of friends.  What too few people know, though, is what a kind, extraordinarily giving and compassionate man he was.  Dean loved people and he loved this country and threw himself into every cause.”

Michelle Malkin: “Dean was brilliant, hilarious, and gracious — one of the OG’s of the blogosphere, a trenchant essayist, and a talented radio host to boot.”

AllahPundit: “One of the smartest and sweetest people I’ve ever met, online or otherwise. Gone at 41. I’m speechless.”

Peter Robinson: “Laughter, wit, a tough Boston charm, and perpetual ebullience—those are the characteristics I associate with Dean Barnett.”

Patrick Ruffini: “His unique voice will be missed in the decisive days and months to come. “

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