Controversial right wing blogger Andrew Breitbart passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.
The New York Times reports:
Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner’s office, said Mr. Breitbart was found “evidently collapsed” but would not say where. Paramedics responded and transported him to the U.C.L.A. Medical Center, which reported that Mr. Breitbart had died just after midnight.
Breitbart was often in the middle of controversy. In 2010, he published a misleading and edited tape of Agriculture Department official, Shirley Sherrod, who lost her job and later sued him for defamation.
New York Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned over underwear photos (sent on Twitter) that were published by Breitbart.
Brietbart began his web career working on the TheDrudgeReport.com and went on to found the successful Breitbart.com (and several other sites), which stated today:
"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."
In his book 'Righteous Indignation,' Breitbart wrote:
I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.
Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.