With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.Breitbart has been hugely influential in conservative circles the last few years, creating the "Big" websites (Big Journalism, Big Hollywood, Big Government, etc.). He also had a hand in starting the Huffington Post and at one time worked the night shift for the Drudge Report. He was absolutely fearless.
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.
I looked at his Twitter feed and his last post was at 11:25 pm last night. He apparently went for a walk shortly thereafter and collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
I'm shocked, to say the least. Conservatism has lost a battlefield general and I'm not sure he can be replaced. He leaves behind a wife and four young children. God bless them.
UPDATE from the AP:
Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight Thursday when he collapsed, his father-in-law Orson Bean said.
Someone saw him fall and called paramedics, who tried to revive him. They rushed him to the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center, Bean said.
Breitbart had suffered heart problems a year earlier, but Bean said he could not pinpoint what happened.
"I don't know what to say. It's devastating," Bean told The Associated Press.