Tragic News: Conservative Hero Andrew Breitbart Is Dead at 43

Our dear friend Andrew Breitbart passed away last night in Los Angeles.
He was 43.
Andrew collapsed last night after leaving a restaurant. He was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead early this morning. He was walking home alone at the time. A bystander saw him collapse and immediately called for an ambulance.

At the Quincy Tea Party in 2009 – Left to right: Adrian, Jim Hoft, Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Reynolds, Dana Loesch

Andrew was a conservative hero and true American patriot. He was generous with his time. He was a devoted friend. He was the definition of raw courage.

I first met Andrew Breitbart in 2007 on our trip to Israel where we met with Benjamin Netanyahu.

Seated: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Scott Johnson from Power Line in the background. Standing (l-r) Andrew Breitbart- and The Drudge Report, Andrew’s great friend Laurence Solov, Jeff Emanuel from RedState and myself. We travelled Israel as guests of America’s Voices and Voices for Israel organizations.

Andrew leaves behind a wife and four children.

Andrew Breitbart spoke at a conference for black conservatives last August in St. Louis. I ran into Andrew after the banquet for this picture.

Breitbart reported:

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.

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.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:

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.

Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.

Rest in peace, my dear friend.
Thank you for your courage, strength, honesty and devotion.

At CPAC 2012 the trailer for Hating Breitbart was released.
The movie will be released this spring.
It received a Standing Ovation–

Hating Breitbart Trailer…

What sad news. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE: The far left is already celebrating his death.

UPDATE:  Andrew Breitbart may have suffered a heart attack.  According to Reuters, “A friend of Breitbart told Reuters he had a history of heart problems and is believed to have suffered a heart attack”.

Here’s one more picture.

I took a chopper ride with Andrew Breitbart, Larry and other bloggers over Israel and down to Gaza in 2007.

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  • Jack Burton

    Has anyone confirmed this? It’s got to be a joke.

  • daryl

    What the hell??
    Come on Jim. Say it isn’t true.
    I saw this on FreeRepublic with a link to, but can’t find any verification anywhere……

  • rabble-rouser

    WHAT?? Really hope this is some kind of sick twisted publicity stunt and not true.

  • Average American
  • Fuquay Steve

    Lord rest his soul and call him to be with you.

  • owl

    Big Government has it up also.

    A punch in the gut. In many of my rants about MSM I cite Breitbart as my hero because he really understood them and how they worked. He understood their main tool The Silence.

    I pray it isn’t true and I pray if it is, he RIP. HERO.

  • Jamie in Arizona

    I am shocked and saddened by this. RIP Andrew. Hopefully all of us here, in our own way, will keep up the good fight for you.

  • JR

    This is tragic. Horrible. Say it ain’t so. We need Breitbart’s voice in the battle against the scum leftist media. Devastating.

  • daryl

    Mike Gallagher reporting it as we speak on his daily radio show.

  • Johntharrington

    RIP Mr. Breitbat. You have inspired so many to take up a good cause. Your presence will be missed. My prayers go out to your family.

  • mamagriz68

    My heart aches for his family and the loss to our country. This is one of those times I ask God, “Did you have to take him now?”

  • Sara B

    OMGOODNESS! I am just sick about this. May our Heavenly Father bring peace to his family and friends and may the rest of us take up his cause of Righteous Indignation with his boldness and fearlessness.

  • gary shaw

    Hey dummys! Anfrew is not Andrew Must be some kind of test to see how dumb the reader are

  • rabble-rouser

    My heart goes out to his family. America has lost a “great patriot”. God bless your soul Andrew and ‘THANK YOU’ for all your honesty and hard work.

  • Buster

    Horrible news, indeed.

  • Opus#6@AmericanPerspective

    I think I feel sick.

    My deepest condolences to Andew Breitbarts friends and family. What a shocking and tragic loss.

  • Jenny

    Horrible news. Condolences to his family. What a loss. RIP

  • Comanche Joe

    ABC news is reporting that he has died! Take it from it what you will.

  • lizzy84

    What a loss. I’m speechless.

  • listingstarboard

    Can’t believe such a great American patriot with such a powerful mighty true voice has left us. He was a true hero. Prayers to his family. It is our duty to fight hard for the same causes like Andrew did, he was brave and fearless, and we must be the same.