The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has concluded that Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure caused by coronary disease. A negligible amount of alcohol, and no drugs were found. Foul play is not suspected, and the case has been closed.
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Some saw wildman Andrew Breitbart as a conservative muck-raking journalist, publisher, blogger and citizen activist. Others saw him as scum, and a scourge to media. Love him or hate him, today – March 1st – Andrew Breitbart is dead, at 43.
Cause of death at this point is due to “natural causes,” although his father-in-law actor Orson Bean told AP that Breitbart had suffered from heart problems in the past. Breitbart was walking near his Brentwood, California home when he fell to the ground. He was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center about midnight, where he was pronounced dead. The case is still under investigation.
Considered an attack-dog for the right, Breitbart’s favorite targets included President Obama, most Democrats and Hollywood, although much of his anger was saved for his compatriots in media who he railed at for not doing their jobs. He loved to expose hypocrisy, corruption and media bias.
A statement was posted at his various websites saying: “Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.”
Not all were so gracious. Noted political commentator Keith Olbermann unapologetically kicked dirt in Breitbart’s open grave today by posting:
“He can’t hurt innocent people anymore. I never saw him as a hero or a patriot. I saw him as evil and out to hurt innocent people. I was hoping he’d be embarrassed into retirement, not death.”
Breitbart worked for the Drudge Report, Huffington and served as a regular commentator on numerous news networks before beginning Breitbart.com and his other websites – Breitbart.tv, Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace.
Breitbart wrote “Hollywood Interrupted” with fellow gonzo journalist Mark Ebner, and was credited with blowing the lid off the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.
Each of his websites today quoted from Breitbart’s 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. –Andrew Breitbart
Although we at Rock Cellar Magazine may not agree with much of what Breitbart had to say, we enjoyed having him around to stir things up.
Here’s a video of Breitbart having a little fun with Bernie Madoff on Fox News:
We interviewed Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in our latest Fight The Power article: