Andrew Breitbart dies at 43


Tragedy.

Conservative blogger, journalist, commentator, and activist Andrew Breitbart died of an apparent heart attack shortly after midnight Thursday LA time at the all-too-young age of 43.

He helped edit the Drudge Report (in the blogroll as Matt Drudge), previously worked for the Huffington Post (he helped get them off the ground), and founded breitbart.com, breitbart.tv, Big Government, Big Journalism, Big Hollywood (in the blogroll), and Big Peace.

A real driving force in conservative/libertarian independent media, Breitbart was a pioneer along with the likes of Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit – in the blogroll), Matt Drudge (the bloke who broke the Monika Lewinsky scandal), and Australia’s Tim Blair (who isn’t, of course, strictly independent – not anymore – however he is known for being a pioneer in the conservative/libertarian blogosphere and is indeed referred to as the Blogfather).

As the man who helped squash ACORN and broke Weinergate, Breitbart will be sorely missed but his legacy will live on.

Reaction:

  • LA Times: “Breitbart was a revolutionary eager to overthrow a media establishment that he viewed as a front for left-wing social causes. Always brimming with righteous indignation — before he died, his final tweet offered an explanation for why he’d called an adversary a “putz” — he had contempt for anything that smacked of liberal do-gooderism or hypocrisy.”
  • Huffington Post: “People from all sides of the political spectrum paid tribute to Breitbart. “
  • Charles Krauthammer: “Breitbart persued truth with utter fearlessness.”
  • Larry Solov at Big Government: “Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.”
  • Washington Post: “Andrew Breitbart loved political combat.Based in the liberal enclave of Los Angeles, Breitbart viewed himself as a one-man conservative gang and he took to the task of delivering rhetorical body blows — primarily via the web but also through television appearances — with a gusto rarely seen even in these hyperpartisan times.”
  • New York Times: “Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger and activist who used undercover video to bring discredit and disgrace to his liberal targets, died Thursday. He was 43. Mr. Breitbart was as polarizing a figure as he was popular. Hailed by the political right as a truth-teller who exposed bias and corruption, he was derided by many on the left as a provocateur who played fast and loose with the facts to further his agenda.
  • Matt Drudge: “In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20’s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today.”

Indeed. Sincere condolences to Andrew Breitbart’s family.

And let’s remember him as someone who fought with gusto right up til the end, as witnessed by his final tweet mere hours before his untimely death.

And even mere minutes before, Andrew still had the fire inside burning brightly.

Marketing executive Arthur Sando tells THR about his lengthy debate with the conservative activist at The Brentwood; they said goodbye around 11:30 p.m., 50 minutes before Breitbart was pronounced dead.

Vale and rest in peace. Again, thoughts and prayers to his family.

UPDATE

Given his young age, the coroner will be investigating.

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