Conservative online journalist Andrew Breitbart has passed away on March 1, 2012 at the young age of 43. He was most well known for being an editor for Matt Drudge’s website, Drudge Report, along with being a researcher for Arianna Huffington. He was most recently known for breaking the news surrounding the Anthony Weiner photo sexting scandal in 2011.
His website’s Editor-In-Chief and in-house counsel, Joel Pollak released this official statement on Breitbart.com:
With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.
Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
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.
After looking around online expecting to see some heartfelt condolences sent to Andrew’s family and friends. This is partially what I’ve found, with Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone being the biggest asshat in delivering the news (which is kind of a reflection on Breitbart’s antics, so whatever):
So Andrew Breitbart is dead. Here’s what I have to say to that, and I’m sure Breitbart himself would have respected this reaction: Good! Fuck him. I couldn’t be happier that he’s dead.
I say this in the nicest possible way. I actually kind of liked Andrew Breitbart. Not in the sense that I would ever have wanted to hang out with him, or even be caught within a hundred yards of him without a Haz-Mat suit on, but I respected the shamelessness. Breitbart didn’t do anything by halves, and even his most ardent detractors had to admit that he had a highly developed, if not always funny, sense of humor.
Okay, so it’s not all bad, exactly. They did lavish praise on the late Breitbart founder with this tidbit:
For instance, it would be dishonest not to tip a hat to him for that famous scene when he hijacked Anthony Weiner’s own self-immolating “apology” press conference, and held up the entire event by standing at the lectern and congratulating himself at length, before Weiner could let the humiliating healing begin.
He passed away shortly after midnight on March 1st. He leaves behind his wife and four children.
Andrew Breitbart (February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012)
UPDATE: Breitbart’s last hours were in a state of inebriation, according to a Hollywood Reporter interview with Arthur Sando, a “marketing executive who didn’t know Breitbart but likely was the last person to talk extensively with him before he died.” The two debated at length about politics at the bar in local restaurant and watering hole The Brentwood.
“He wasn’t drinking excessively,” Sando recalls. “He was on his BlackBerry a lot.”
Breitbart collapsed on the walk back to his home from an apparent heart attack, he was then rushed to a hospital where they pronounced him dead at 12:19 a.m., “less than an hour after leaving The Brentwood.”
UPDATE II: Lawrence Sinclair reports on his interview with the L.A. County Coronor’s office, saying “Claims that Andrew died of ‘natural causes’ are the opinions of his Attorney Joel Pollak and not the statements of any medical personnel from UCLA or the LA County Coroners office. LA Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Ed Winter says autopsy to be done tomorrow (Friday March 2, 2012) and no offical cause of death has been determined.”
Strangely enough, there was supposed to be some mind-blowing report or scandal published on the exact day of his death. Sinclair goes on to state that Breitbart told him weeks ago, “wait til they see what happens March first.”
We’re not suggesting any sort of foul play, yet. But dang, he wasn’t that old.
UPDATE III: Here’s a clip of Breitbart at CPAC 2012 hinting at unreleased videos of Obama during his college years.
Could this be the bombshell that puts an exclamation mark on his untimely death?