This is shocking news.
Andrew Breitbart, the conservative power-house founder of news aggregation site, Breitbart.com, and five other websites (Breitbart.tv, Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace), is dead, at the age of only 43.
Breitbart was behind investigations that exposed ACORN’s corruption and led to the resignations of disgraced N.Y. Congressman Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.
Here’s the announcement on BreitbartTV:
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.
Breitbart’s father-in-law, the actor Orson Bean, said Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight when he collapsed. He was rushed to the emergency room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Breitbart had suffered heart problems a year earlier. Larry Dietz, watch commander at the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, said a cause of death was unknown and an autopsy was likely. [Source]