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 Breitbart.tv.
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.