Thursday, March 01, 2012

Andrew Breitbart R.I.P.

Andrew Breitbart, the king of investigative journalism on the Internet, has died, possibly from a heart attack. And so young! Egad.

Here’s a brief report from FOX News:

Conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart is dead at 43

Widely read conservative Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart, whose flair for battle with politicians and the mainstream media earned him a reputation as one of the nation’s most influential commentators, died Thursday.

The websites he founded ran a statement Thursday morning announcing that Breitbart, 43, died “unexpectedly from natural causes” in Los Angeles shortly after midnight. His attorney and editor-in-chief of those sites confirmed his death to Fox News.

“We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior,” the statement said. “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.”

Breitbart was a prolific commentator who founded several websites devoted to covering politics, entertainment and everything in-between. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Drudge Report before breaking off to start his own outlets — including Big Government, Big Hollywood and

It has been my privilege to write occasional pieces on European topics for one of Mr. Breitbart’s outlets, Big Peace. He provided a unique popular venue for conservative opinion there and at his other sites.

May he rest in peace.


Thunderstick said...

Call me a skeptic, but the "natural causes" line came a little too quick for my liking. We have lost an excellent spokesman and fighter for the conservative movement.
My sympathies to his family.

Anonymous said...

Good grief. I'd never heard of him until about 2 weeks ago, when I saw that he said he had video evidence concerning Obama's past, and he was going to release it in dribs and drabs, and it would destroy Obama.

I guess he died of "natural causes" the way that David Kelly died of suicide.

What is the point of having secret service agents if they can't make a death look like it was natural, accidental or self-inflicted. If they can't do that, we might as well close down all such agencies.

66chevelle said...

I dunno, Thunderstick. It took 'em several days to determine that "natural causes" killed Kam Kuwata (he of WH Insider fame). Then again, maybe that was because Kuwata's body was badly decomposed.

And this link, while a bit tinfoil-hattish, is interesting:

Surgeon General's Warning: Having dirt on my boss could be hazardous to your health.

Lawrence said...

There were apparently witnesses to Andrew collapsing, and no talk of any funny business. Story this is a heart-attack are most likely true in this case. Most people considered him a crank, and not dangerous. Much of what passed through conservative news circles was instigated by Andrew, even though he didn't make a big deal of taking credit. He just wanted to get the truth out there.

Anonymous said...

Paint me a skeptic regarding the natura of his death...

RIP Andrew, a great American patriot.

Anonymous said...

"There were apparently witnesses to Andrew collapsing, and no talk of any funny business."

If the condition for the security services to kill someone required the victim to be alone in a hotel bedroom, I would have little respect for them.

The questions for the longer term is: will the videos he had of the young Obama ever see light of day. And if they do, will we ever know if they were the videos he talked about in that conference.

Pierre_Picaud said...

Having watched friends of Breitbart speaking on PJTV just now, three things caught my eye.

1) He had been burning the candle at both ends for the best part of three years.

2)He didn't look after himself, health wise.

3) He was already recovering from a large heart-attack which hit him last year.

None of them suspected foul play. Bill Whittle for example said he wasn't the least bit surprised.

Franklin said...

Was Breitbart murdered? Did he know too much? I don't know, ask Vince Foster...maybe Obozo has been talking to Hillary lately, eh?

Anonymous said...

Andrew was so inspiring, so compelling.. so much fun, so smart and so alive! I am devastated that he is gone. He will be remembered as one of the first and the best internet journalists/bloggers. To say I will miss him is an understatement. I am gutted. :( RIP gorgeous xox

Anonymous said...

He will be missed, and honored by our carrying on.
Wanted: competent toxicologist.

Lawrence said...

Stop the silly conspiracy rumors.

He had a heart attack because he didn't take care of his health.

That is all there is to that story.

As far as his efforts to get out the truth, those efforts will be missed buy those of us who actually look for the truth.

Nick said...

At one time heart attacks were something you could look forward to in your own age, but it's a sad fact the more and more younger people are having MIs. If this fellow had already had an MI, then had another one, the chances of him surviving would not have been too good.

Sadly, I know too much about this subject.

laine said...

Funny how Lawrence claims to be a searcher for truth but accepts the benign interpretation of Mr. Breitbart's convenient death completely at face value when he has no way of knowing it to be true. Further, he tries to slap skeptics down with the "conspiracy theory" smear. All the info including Mr. Breitbart's health history fits with a possible second fatal heart attack. Alternatively, it also makes it much easier to dispatch him and have it look like natural causes. We do not know and will never know because CSI forensic expertise will NOT be brought to bear. We cannot have the facts so we will be left with our opinion. My opinion is that Obama is a very fortunate man indeed, too fortunate considering where he is and his blatant lack of qualifications. And the same luck that deflected and buried much of his past seems never to run out.