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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  • mark

    Did Andrew say he had a tape on Obama which he would release before the elections? Something smells a bit suspicious, but I could be over reacting.

  • Kristen

    So very, very sad to hear this news. He truly was a conservative hero. Sincere condolences to his family.

  • Sally

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. It can’t be. My God. There was no greater advocate for truth and no one who did more for honest reporting for us.

    God bless Andrew Brietbart and all he did for all of us.

    Today at 2pm central time is Sherriff Arpiao is having a news conference to announce/put forth a report he and 4 other retired detectives and attorneys have done on Mr. Obama’s eligibility.

    Something awful was likely to happen in advance of this. Complete coincidence, certainly. The least we can do it watch the news conference and the report today. It might just assure all that all is in perfect compliance. Then the questions cn be put aside for ever.

  • jackie b

    Andrew Breitbart dead of prolonged Cocaine abuse

  • Warthog

    To paraphrase Reagan: Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. Andrew Breitbart doesn’t have that problem.

    Now, take up his sword.

  • czekmark

    What a tragic loss? Breitbart work was unique and bold something that will be difficult if not impossible to replace.

  • S. Wolf

    I am very sorry about this. May he be in God’s Book of Life. And may we carry on his work of taking our nation back from the left and restoring liberty.

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  • subsonic

    Tragic loss, and I hope someone knows where he hid Obama’s college records that he spoke about recently, makes many copies and hides them carefully.

  • Southern Cross

    What a major punch in the gut to wake up to this news! Only 43?!?! Only getting started!!

    People everywhere have suffered a great loss today in the passing of a truly genuine crusader in the war on anti-Americanism in the media, entertainment world and political agenda that is the Left-Of-Center in this Country…

    God Bless Andrew and his family!!

  • lol

    he and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Indiana

    A courageous man! He was the Real Deal! Big Loss! Go with God Andrew and know we appreciate all you did for us.

  • Joe Blow

    Just remember, Putin used to and probably still does, get rid of his biggest enemies.

  • bigL

    I was hoping that he had the L.A Times-hidden vid of Obama singing arab songs to his mentor and
    telling anti semitic jokes. Oh,yes it exists as the Times wrote a story about it and said they would not release it as it was a ‘game-changer”.This occurred before the election in ’08.

    So I was hoping that Andrew got the vid..RIp.
    I find it very unusal that a confrontive conservative that we have and one of the best and a thorn in the side . Suddenly dies just before the election.I do believe he offered $100,000 for avid or photos of slurs when Pelosi and clyburn et al walk thru a Tea party crowd. No one came fwd with anyfootage.
    Was his mother Gloria Vanderbilt?

  • STL Tix

    What can be added but “Thank You”.

    The fight now passes to EACH OF US, make his family proud for what Andrew started.

    We remember him & miss him but now pray for his family the comfort that only our Lord & Savior Jesus can give.

    Powder is dry

  • wtd

    Rest in Peace Andrew and may God provide comfort for your loved ones with this devastating loss. You are missed already.

  • olm

    Oh, I hope and pray that Andrew has inspired many to follow his particular brand of…….stirring the pot.
    He will be missed, I will miss him. We have many great voices but his, in particular, inspired courage and conviction in those of us who deeply believe that what is going on in this country is not only wrong, it is criminal.
    I can not adequately express my sorrow, over a person I don’t even know.
    The Good Lord is in for a treat today…………as is Andrew.

  • Sally

    Well said, Warthog #45.

    May God bless Andrew and his family.

    May the angels greet him and the firmament of heaven open its gates wide for this fine man, who lived so true to his conscience and was a warrior against evil.

  • Kendra

    The Conservative movement has lost its Superman. I just can’t believe it.

  • Narn

    Sure do wonder what they find during the autopsy. Now will we ever see those college videos of “the one” that Andrew talked about at CPAC.

    He was a great guy. He will be missed.