Andrew Breitbart, dead at 43

WASHINGTON–Andrew Breitbart, who rose to become a conservative force in U.S. politics, died Thursday in Los Angeles. His death was announced at Breitbart.com and BigJournalism.com, the sites he founded. Breitbart became an influence in his own right after assisting in the creation of the Huffington Post and, most central, working with Matt Drudge’s DrudgeReport.com.

CHICAGO CONNECTIONS: Breitbart’s top executive is Joel Pollack, who was the Illinois House Republican nominee for the 9th congressional district in 2010. Pollack joined Breitbart as Editor-in-Chief and In-House Counsel.

Breitbart was in Chicago last month to be a guest at this dinner: “Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn–vilified during Barack Obama’s 2008 election and beyond as former Weather underground leaders–served dinner to Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson and his guests Sunday, after the founder of the conservative website bought time with the couple at an Illinois Humanities Council auction.” My post on the dinner is HERE.

The Associated Press has a story with more details about Breitbart’s career and his death: he collapsed near his Brentwood home and was rushed to a hospital.

Here is the announcement about Breitbart’s death, from his sites:

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.

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