Everyone on the right already guessed the cause of death, I think, especially after Bill Whittle’s video about AB’s previous heart problems made the rounds. But liberals who sparred with him on Twitter loved to accuse him of being coked up; judging from Breitbart’s retweets, it was one of their favorite lines of attack, along with accusing him of being gay. (My sense is that he really enjoyed the latter just because of the oblivious hypocrisy of otherwise smug “progressives” reaching reflexively for “gay” as a way to insult him.) Wrong on both counts, of course, but let’s make sure this gets some attention online, if only to debunk any lingering smear-minded speculation on the left that he died from some sort of overdose.
Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger whose posting of a sexually explicit photo of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner led to the congressman’s downfall, died of heart failure, the Los Angeles County Coroner said in an autopsy report released Friday.
Breitbart, 43, died on March 1. The final cause of death was listed as heart failure, which was caused by Breitbart having an enlarged heart and some heart disease, said Chief Coroner Craig Harvey.
Breitbart had a small amount of alcohol in his system, but no prescription or illicit drugs were detected. No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected. A full report is expected to be available within two weeks.
We already know where the “small amount of alcohol” came from. On the day he passed away, THR described his final hours enjoying a glass of red wine at a local bar and restaurant. One of the people he ended up talking politics with at the bar noted later that “he wasn’t drinking excessively,” so let’s note that too before the moronic “AB was an alcoholic” smears start up among his enemies.
I’ll leave you with this brilliant image, which was created by Jim at Anthropocon and presented to the Breitbart.com team today at BlogCon. I hope he doesn’t mind me reproducing it, but if he does and I have to pull it, you can see it in all its splendor right here. No word yet on whether it’s headed for a t-shirt but he’s gotten enough glowing feedback about it today that there’s probably a chance.