Such a bruising, controversial media presence, author, blogger, publisher and perennial Occupy movement basher Andrew Breitbart has shockingly passed away at age 43. Less than an hour ago, Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Joel B. Pollak posted the following In Memoriam statement:
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.
According to the LA Times, Breitbart collapsed while walking near his Brentwood home and was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The exact cause of death at press time remains undisclosed.
Terry Moran recently profiled Breitbart on Nightline. The July 2010 piece about “the man behind the mayhem” is a good a way to remember Breitbart’s colorful career, which included seminal early work with Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington before going on to build his own empire of “Big” conservative websites:
Breitbart’s final media appearance was last night, just hours before his passing, on Piers Morgan Tonight. Watch it here. RIP.