A statement on Breitbart’s BigJournalism.com said early on Thursday, “Andrew passed 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 happy warrior,” the statement went on to say.
According to the Associated Press, Andrew Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles shortly after when midnight when he collapsed. Someone had seen him fall. That person called the paramedics, who tried to revive him without success. He was rushed to UCLA Medical Center where shortly after, he died.
His father-in-law said he had heart problems earlier in the year, but they are not sure what happened to cause this terrible loss.
Andrew Breitbart has left behind his wife Susannah Bean and their 4 children. He was 43.
Breitbart was a fearless man. He was a man who believed in this country, believed in the principles which founded this country, and he staunchly stood up for them and defended them. Despite all the hatred he had thrown at him, it all seemed to strengthen his already bold spirit. No matter what anyone said about him, he just kept fighting. That’s what he was…a fighter. He knew what was at stake in the country, and he fought the good fight.
Breitbart was known primarily for influencing, perhaps driving the online blogging/social media revolution of citizen journalism that began the middle of the last decade. His sites were among the most visited on the web, and his grassroots efforts surprised many with his attention to the smallest of causes. Jonah Goldberg wrote today, of his long-time friend, “I’ve never known someone, perhaps with the exception of Drudge himself, who had more of a savant’s sense of media, old and new — but especially new.”
Breitbart, through his various websites facilitated the exposure of fraud at ACORN and other organizations, along with the Shirley Sherrod USDA controversy and the Rep. Anthony Weiner scandal. One of his latest works was a brief documentary on what’s really behind the Occupy Wallstreet “movement”. Having a knack for the New Media monster’s whims, he mastered it. And changed an entire generation of news-junkies and how they keep their elected officials accountable. With all of his business and journalistic legend, his closest colleagues and friends remember him most for his personality and his love for his family, perhaps the greatest testament a public figure could hope for.
“There will be lots of eulogies and obituaries for Andrew, including my own, talking about his politics and his beautiful wife and kids and his bottomless happy-warrior spirit. And that’s all true and right and appropriate. But people — particularly NRO readers — should know that Andrew’s accomplishments didn’t begin with his relatively recent fame and his gonzo antics. People will talk a lot about Shirley Sherrod and Anthony Weiner and that’s all fine and good. He’d like it, in fact. But he was a great, sweet, smart guy destined for great things long before he became a cultural touchstone. Indeed, his greatest accomplishment, I’m sure he would say, was marrying up and having four wonderful kids. And that too is something that you won’t see in his clips on YouTube.”
Jonah spoke on-air this morning only moments after hearing about his death, “he was one of the most fearless people I never knew.”
You can see the video HERE.
Rush Limbaugh had similarly warm and admirable thoughts about him as well as he opened his show this morning:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends today, may GOD be with them.
RIP Andrew Breitbart, you were such an inspiration, FELLOW PATRIOT.
Libertas ~ Justitia ~ Veritas
“Annuit Coeptis” ~ Amen
For those who missed Andrew Breitbart’s speech at this year’s CPAC 2012, you can view it here:
Shown below is the clip of the above speech which has drawn some attention for it’s blockbuster revelation of his possessing videos that would expose President Barack Obama: