Breaking: RIP, Andrew Breitbart; Update: Collapsed while taking a walk near home

posted at 9:16 am on March 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Terrible news from our friends at Big Journalism, confirmed by Ben Howe on Twitter:

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 can’t say that I knew Andrew well, but I knew him enough to know that we have lost a stalwart fighter.  Andrew and I laughed together, debated together, occasionally disagreed together, and all of this passionately and memorably.  Andrew could be many things, sometimes concurrently, but he could never be ignored.

In some ways, Andrew was our Merry Prankster.  He was willing to take risks and look foolish in order to make a point or win an argument, with more courage than most would muster.  No one who saw it will ever forget how he seized the podium at Anthony Weiner’s press conference and demanded vindication from media outlets who had been disparaging him and defending Weiner when the former Congressman got caught literally with his pants down.  Few men have had the kind of impact Andrew did in such a short time, and he leaves behind a media empire that is still gaining strength.

I’m stunned that such a relatively young man has been taken from us at what appeared to be the peak of his life.  We will miss you, Andrew.  I will miss you — your energy, your boldness, and your many unremarked kindnesses to fellow conservatives.  Godspeed.

Update: Just remembered this great interview with Andrew from a little over a year ago on the Pigford settlement story.  I took this in the hallway of a conference in San Diego, and I basically just pointed the camera at him, asked him a single question, and Andrew did the rest.

Update: When a man as young as Andrew passes, everyone wonders how it could have happened.  According to Andrew’s father-in-law Orson Bean, he collapsed while taking a stroll near his home, and couldn’t be revived:

Breitbart was walking near his home in Brentwood, Calif just after midnight Thursday when he collapsed according to his father-in-law Orson Bean. Someone saw Breitbart fall and called 911. Emergency crews tried to revive him and rushed him to the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center, Bean said.

He is survived by his wife Susannah Bean Breitbart, 41, and four children.

Terribly sad.  Again, keep Susannah and the children in your prayers today.

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This is horrible news.

petefrt on March 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Please no.

the_moll on March 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I’m confused and suspicious.

darwin on March 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Damn. RIP Andrew.

WisRich on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

and—famously—I enjoy making enemies

Let the conspiracy theories commence.

The Rogue Tomato on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

OMG…I am in total shock.

RIP.

katy on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Very sorry to hear this.

My prayers go out to his Loved ones.

ToddPA on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Oh my gosh this is horrible. May you rest in peace Andrew!

KickandSwimMom on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Horrible news. Rest in peace, Andrew.

greggriffith on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

No way.

Sleeper on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

NO! I can’t believe it. This is so sad.

The Hort on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I just read this on a Big site, was hoping it was a joke. My heart is breaking, and I’m sick knowing the kind of vile things that are going to be said about this great man.

waterytart on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Ed, is this really true?

Darksean on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

What the….what the….WHOA.

O_O

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Nooooooooooooooo

ProfessorMiao on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Terrible news. :( :( :(

jwolf on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Oh Gawd,I can’t believe it……Brietbart has passed!!

n Memoriam: Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)March 1, 2012 at 6:06 am –
Dateline:
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.
===================================

http://www.breitbart.tv/

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Just D*mn ….. we have truly lost a friend to all things conservative …

conservative tarheel on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Darth Executor on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

What?

What the hell?

KingGold on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Man what terrible news. Breitbart was a pioneer.

Big Orange on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Holy cow

RIP MR B

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

My first thought when I saw this was that it had to be some kind of joke. My prayers go out to his family.

dmn1972 on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Word from multiple sources says it is true.

William Amos on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Holy crap… Oh, man. This is terrible…

He was a great crusader for us. RIP, Mr. Breitbart. My prayers to his family.

Gingotts on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

:|

Jeddite on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum

plewis on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Wow. He shined brightly on his brief time here. RIP.

MNHawk on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

This it terrible news. God bless his family and rest in peace Andrew,

razorbackchick on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I am so sorry to hear this.

Night Owl on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Horrible news. May God bless and protect his soul on the journey home, and may He inspire others here to take up the cause for truth as Andrew did.

AZCoyote on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I hope someone else has access to those Barack videos. Ugh…not a great way to start the day.

SouthernGent on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Just awful. He was one of the good ones.

The Count on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Media publisher, conservative activist Andrew Breitbart dies at 43 from natural causes

Submitted 3 mins ago from biggovernment.com by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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http://biggovernment.com/lsolov/2012/03/01/draft/

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Wow. Unbelievable. RIP Andrew. Condolences to his family.

rbj on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Please someone tell me this is a hoax. Please.

kit9 on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

WHHHHHAAAAATTTT

Good Lt on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Drudge now confirming…

SouthernGent on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I can read the posters on the lib websites now, they will be their usual classy selves

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I feel for his family but I weep for our cause. the loss is…

Kaptain Amerika on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Who will pick up his flag?

Darksean on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

God bless this man and his stalwart courage. God bless his grieving family.

herm2416 on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

RIP he was something.

Zekecorlain on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

So sad. Awful. I can’t believe it. We lot a GREAT fighter. Absolutely great. *tears*

conservative pilgrim on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I don’t buy it. Ed, did you get verbal confirmation on this, or just check the site?

Mr. Arkadin on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

No, dammit. No!

M240H on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Yit’gadal v’yit’kadash sh’mei raba

b’al’ma di v’ra khir’utei

v’yam’likh mal’khutei b’chayeikhon uv’yomeikhon

uv’chayei d’khol beit yis’ra’eil

ba’agala uviz’man kariv v’im’ru

Amein. Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varakh l’alam ul’al’mei al’maya

Yit’barakh v’yish’tabach v’yit’pa’ar v’yit’romam v’yit’nasei

v’yit’hadar v’yit’aleh v’yit’halal sh’mei d’kud’sha

B’rikh hu

l’eila min kol bir’khata v’shirata

toosh’b’chatah v’nechematah, da’ameeran b’al’mah, v’eemru:

Amein

Y’hei sh’lama raba min sh’maya

v’chayim aleinu v’al kol yis’ra’eil v’im’ru

Amein

Oseh shalom bim’romav hu ya’aseh shalom

aleinu v’al kol Yis’ra’eil v’im’ru

Amein

Lance Murdock on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

*lost

conservative pilgrim on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

43 yrs old, natural causes, i don’t think so! His last few video’s online were a little wild. This is horrible news!

Zcat on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Maybe too soon to bring this up but an autopsy should definitely be in order.

He had too many enemies to let this one go.

First thing that comes to mind is, was he poisoned?

lib-or-tea on March 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

WHOA!!!!!
Prayers ascending for his family…

OmahaConservative on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Such sad and shocking news.

Ted Torgerson on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

A true loss to his family, and real journalism.

Praying for them.

So sad :-(

TerryW on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I’m Stunned,so young,and a Conservative Warrior,
I’ll say it,I’m in tears!:)

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

What the….what the….WHOA.

O_O

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

THIS

fossten on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. RIP, Andrew.

Natural causes?

Syzygy on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Such shocking, terrible news! He was one of my heroes – someone who grew up among the elites and learned to think differently, to take them on with the perfect combination of searing commentary, humor, wit, passion and the truth. Condolences to his family and all who called him a friend.

Buy Danish on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Speechless. Andrew Breitbart will be missed, terribly.

TitularHead on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Horrible news. Rest in peace Andrew. Peace to your family and friends. Even us out in the wilderness will miss your presence.

aniptofar on March 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Complete and utter shock. R.I.P. Andrew.

davek70 on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

WHOA.

What a loss…

CorporatePiggy on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I hope this is a hack at Big Government, please. He was much too young and had too much more to do. If this is true, RIP Andrew and thank you for a job superbly done. Condolences to his family and friends.

Deanna on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Still hoping this is some sick joke. He’s too young. Saw him on CPAC. What a hoot that was! We need a many more like him. I loved how he expressed that he didn’t give a crap who our nominee is. A true patriot.

Tomolena1 on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I hope someone else has access to those Barack videos.

SouthernGent on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Better check out those “natural causes.”

petefrt on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

hookers and blow, bad for the ticker.

At least he went having fun.

RIP

freshface on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I bet lots of lefties are breathing a little bit easier for the moment.

platypus on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Devastating. We lost a great conservative warrior.

Rest in peace, Andrew. You will be missed.

dukecitygirl on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

He did so much for us and we needed him so badly.

RIP

Who indeed, Darksean.

timmytee on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Pray for his family.

Pray for America.

idesign on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Huge loss, Andrew was our voice and gave a voice to our national conscience.

BobScuba on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

My condolences to the family.

We really lost a fighter for the cause.

And Im shocked and confused. 1969-2012? He wasnt even 50 yet. Was he ill? Was it his heart?

Valkyriepundit on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

This is unbelievable. RIP Andrew.

He was building up a formidable media machine to counter the propaganda of the MSM and groups like Media Matters. I hope the people who he has put in place will be able to keep it going, and build on his legacy.

If Obama is defeated in Novemeber, it’ll be a tragedy that Andrew isn’t there to see it.

EnglishMike on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Awful news. Mr. Breitbart was a patriot, and he will be missed. Deepest condolences to his family.

I’m sure the disgusting libtard twits who constantly post hate tweets about him are gleefully playing in their own poop, the swine.

CantCureStupid on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

It seems unbelievable. He was young and vibrant. Is this really true??

Lightswitch on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Damn.

We’ve lost a banner carrier, a warrior, in the battle for truth, justice and what used to be the American way.

He will be missed.

coldwarrior on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

You couldn’t pay me enough to put my eyes on the pages of KOS or DU today.

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

@WDBO tweeted:
**************

#BREAKINGNEWS:
**************

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart dead at 43, per his website.

Submitted 7 mins ago from twitter.com/WDBO by partner
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

43 years old, of natural causes????? WTF! Is this the 7th century?

Muletrain on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I’m thinking this is a hoax.

It is only on the one site, all other “sources” link to the same page. Not believing this quite yet.

stenwin77 on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I’m absolutely shocked. Never would have thought in a million years.
Sudden Cardiac Death? At 43, that’s about the right age for this to happen.

Rod on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

What? At 42/43 years of age? Terrible, just numbing.

whatcat on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

R.I.P., Mr. Breitbart.

Alexis on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Wow…didn’t see that coming…

AB is and always will be a legend. He’ll certainly be missed.

JetBoy on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Even more frightening that he was so young. How old are his kids? Terrible news.

Dash on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

This is a terrible day. I’m praying for his family. RIP Andrew.

smoothsailing on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I hope someone else has access to those Barack videos.

SouthernGent on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Wow! That’s right!

This is what makes me wonder if “natural causes” is incorrect.

Was he taken out? Poisoned?

lib-or-tea on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

freshface on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

This is within ToS on hotair? Even if it is, it still is too rude for me.

platypus on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

How in the hell do they know it was ‘natural causes’ so quick??

BigWyo on March 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

No one should die at 42. That’s sad.

KeninCT on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I hate hearing about people dying like this, just having their body fail at such an age; makes me want to strap a medical doctor to my back and keep him around at all times.

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

:(

Ukiah on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I hope and pray that someone equally forthright, courageous, and ingenious will take his place and fulfill his great legacy.

We’ll all miss you, Breitbart. God willing, you’re combing through Heaven’s video archives right about now.

KingGold on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Pest in peace, Andrew. My question is, who will take up the mantle now? James O’Keefe? Andrew is irreplaceable.

Ward Cleaver on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Shocking. And so sad.
Natural causes at 43. Not buying it.

keebs on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

The DNC is kicking up their heels.

docflash on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

God Bless You Andrew, You Shook The Pillars of Power.

Dr Evil on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Better check out those “natural causes.”

petefrt on March 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Indeed.

SouthernGent on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

You couldn’t pay me enough to put my eyes on the pages of KOS or DU today.

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Bishop:You know Bishop,they will have celebratory partys,I ain’t
going to those sewers either today!:)

canopfor on March 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

RIP Andrew Breitbart.

Your hard work will not be forgotten as your kind rarely grace our earth.

ajacksonian on March 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I am absolutely stunned and speechless! I am so sorry for Andrew’s family because they are doubtless devastated. RIP Andrew. You will be missed!

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 1, 2012 at 9:28 AM

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