Andrew Breitbart, the bad boy of American political conservatives, passed away today at the age of 43.
Mr. Breitbart was out for a walk when a neighbor saw him collapse and they called 911. Paramedics rushed him to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He is survived by a wife – Susannah Bean (daughter of actor Orson Bean) – and four children. On the websites Mr. Breitbart had managed and wrote on, their statement of his passing was short but powerful.
“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 is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.”
Working for years behind the scenes, writing his columns and blogs, Mr. Breitbart worked on the NY Times, The Drudge Report ( which he called the “coolest thing on the internet”) and he even helped Arianna Huffington start the Huffington Post – which many might find surprising. From 2007 to 2010, he began a collection of websites under Breitbart.com – BigGovernment, BigHollywood, BigJournalism, BigPeace and Brietbart.tv.
He reached major national attention with the disclosure of the Rep. Weiner scandal by posting the story on his website. At first Mr. Weiner denied the story but eventually admitted his actions which later led to his resignation from Congress.
A fierce fighter for the ideals he believed in, Andrew collected many enemies and many allies across the country. He was a conservative who fought against corruption and hypocrisy on a daily basis. He will be greatly missed by many, while others will feel a sad relief at his passing. For most, there was never any middle ground in how they felt about him. Something Mr. Breitbart might consider a badge of honor.
Andrew Breitbart, conservative activist and author, husband and father, dead at 43.