Andrew Breitbart dead at 43

Today the Conservative world lost a strong voice and a great American.

Andrew Breitbart dead at 43

Fox News Widely read conservative Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart has died, his attorney confirms.

The websites he founded ran a statement Thursday morning announcing that Breitbart, 43, died “unexpectedly from natural causes” in Los Angeles shortly after midnight.

“We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior,” the statement said. “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.”

Breitbart was a prolific commentator who founded several websites devoted to covering politics, entertainment and everything in between. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Drudge Report before breaking off to start his own outlets — including Big Government, Big Hollywood and Breitbart.tv.

The statement on his sites quoted the concluding passage from 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,” Breitbart wrote.

The statement ended: “Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.”

Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight Thursday when he collapsed, his father-in-law Orson Bean said.

Someone saw him fall and called paramedics, who tried to revive him. They rushed him to the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center, Bean said. Breitbart had suffered heart problems a year earlier, but Bean said he could not pinpoint what happened.

“I don’t know what to say. It’s devastating,” Bean told The Associated Press.

Those who knew and worked with him described Breitbart almost uniformly as “fearless,” sharply intelligent, witty and devoted to his work.

“He was the modern conservative iteration of a 1960s radical,” conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg told Fox News, minutes after Breitbart’s death was reported.

“When I say he was the most fearless guy I ever knew, it really is true. I mean, he truly loved the fight,” he said.

Breitbart considered his charge to expose corruption, hypocrisy and media bias, and leveraged his network of websites to reach for that goal.

He was on the forefront of reporting several controversies, notably the salacious tweets former Rep. Anthony Weiner had sent to young women before his resignation.

Breitbart became embroiled in a controversy of his own, though, for his reporting on a web video of Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod. The edited video appeared to show Sherrod making a racist comment, but the full tape later put the remark in context and made clear that Sherrod was actually talking about bridging racial differences. Sherrod was fired after the edited video surfaced, and later filed suit against Breitbart.

Breitbart, though, went on to report on one of the biggest congressional scandals of 2011 — the tweets sent by Weiner to young women he met online. The former New York congressman, who is married, adamantly denied the reports at first, before admitting to them in a tearful press conference and resigning.

One of Breitbart’s most memorable moments came when he commandeered the podium before Weiner’s final New York conference, holding court with reporters and demanding an apology from Weiner — while Weiner waited to attend his own press conference.

Goldberg recalled how one of Breitbart’s favorite past-times was to retweet the nasty things other people said about him. “He considered it a badge of honor,” Goldberg said.

Breitbart’s final tweet, posted shortly before he was reported to have died, typified the combative and blunt tone he took with his online debaters. “I called you a putz cause I thought you were being intentionally disingenuous. If not I apologize,” he wrote to the individual he had been arguing with.

News of Breitbart’s death reverberated on Capitol Hill and on the presidential campaign trail. Rick Santorum said he was “crestfallen.”

“What a powerful force,” Santorum said. “What a huge loss, in my opinion, for our country and certainly for the conservative movement.”

Breitbart is survived by his wife Susannah Bean Breitbart, 41, and four children.

Andrew Breitbart Dead At 43

Rest in Peace Andrew, you were an inspiration to me and many others!

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart dies in LA CNSNews.com, some of the Libbers comments are exactly what you would expect from brain-dead MORONS on the left.

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19 Responses to Andrew Breitbart dead at 43

  1. TexasFred says:

    From my friend Zane Cofield on Facebook:

    Andrew Breitbart announced at CPAC that he would be vetting Obama and showing video/audio proving some very nasty stuff about him. He’s now dead ‘of natural causes.’ Obama’s alleged former gay lovers began dying of mysterious hit and run accidents right after election day 2008. His grandmother who is on tape recounting the birth of Obama in Kenya also keeled over within hours of his election. That’s why I’m thinking Sheriff Joe needs to be very careful since today at 3PM he’s going to brief all major news outlets on the data collected in his investigation of Obama’s eligibility.

  2. BobF says:

    Forty three years old and natural causes? Considering who he was kind of raises red flags for me.

  3. I’m not a conspiracy theorist per se, but I’ve got to tell you, I’ve got some serious questions.

    Breitbart was pushing, Big Time.

    BZ

  4. Bunkerville says:

    Reminds me a bit of:
    Vince Fostergate:
    Soon after Clinton lawyer Vince Foster committed suicide under mysterious circumstances, his office was cleared out. Along with his office went the Whitewater billing records and several key pieces of evidence. Evidence suggests that Clinton associate Bernard Nussbaum purposely delayed access to the office to investigators. Not to mention the mysterious suicide in which there is some hint that evidence was tampered with. Witnesses have testified they saw Clinton aides clearing the supposedly sealed office.
    Then of course his body was found in a Park, so the Park rangers did the investigation

  5. TexasFred says:

    In case anyone is wondering WHY some of us are suspicious regarding the sudden death of Andrew Breitbart, listen to this from CPAC, you may grow suspicious too.

  6. I got home from work a little while ago and read this terrible news.

    I am stunned and in a state of grief.

    We have lost a great conservative warrior. We can’t afford to lose any conservative warriors right now!

  7. Steve Dennis says:

    Today is a sad day in America. Breitbart was the one person who was not only a voice, but a man of action and he will be missed.

  8. Lee says:

    The bomb squad has been called to the Palm Beach home of Rush Limbaugh.

    Officials say security found a suspicious package and called for assistance.

    Planned attackes against Conservative Warriors?

    Drudge reports that Rush is ok.

  9. BobF says:

    Filmmaker Steve Bannon told Sean Hannity tonight that the Breitbart group is going to release the Obama Harvard tapes in a week to ten days. Andrew Breitbart announced at CPAC that he was given tapes of Barack Obama from his college years that would be devastating.

    I hope Steve goes into hiding until the tapes are released.

  10. Katie says:

    Will the flags be lowered to half-mast for Brett like they were for Whitney? I doubt so. He wasn’t a strung out has been.

    We will miss him very much.

  11. Heavylift1 says:

    Just look at the chain of events since 2007:

    Dems takeover WH

    BO sent in as figurehead { groomed since the seventies, if it doesnt work out, “hey it was a jimmy carter type mistake” (people are too stupid to vote) }

    Ethnics & ingrates run amok (OWS & stuff I cannot say without being racial)

    We great Americans went from point A to point Z while point Z(ulu) went from point Z (ulu) to point A(firmitave)A(ction).

    We are now the subjects of a hating king that demands our gold while we bow at his feet.

    What now Americans?

    :details to follow

  12. Heavylift1 says:

    Beck could get a little erudite….errr(a little nutty) but where has he gone?

    Maybe he was a tad smarter than Breitbart

    Some people still know things… WAKE UP!

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