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Coroner: Andrew Breitbart Died of Heart Failure

Conservative activist and editor Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure and hardening of the arteries, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

“No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected,” the coroner’s office said in a statement Friday. “It is anticipated that the final Coroner report will be available for release within two weeks.”

No prescription or illegal drugs were found in his system and the cause of death was classified as “natural.”

Breitbart, 43, collapsed while walking near his Brentwood home on March 1 and was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Citizen Journalist Inspired by Breitbart Readies Summer Documentary

It has always struck FishbowlLA that a more productive reaction to Michael Moore from those sitting at the opposite end of the political spectrum would be to adopt some of his clever, humorous filmmaking tactics. Someone who seems to have realized the value of this approach is Ellen Hubbard.

Per an interview on bighollywood.com, Hubbard enlisted Kansas City KCMO AM morning radio host Greg Knapp as her Moore stand-in. His mission: to solicit federal funding for the titutlar Museum of Government Waste.

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Breitbart.com Retools Its Management Team

Breitbart.com is doing its best to stay relevant in the face of the death of its charismatic founder Andrew Breitbart. Politico reports that the conservative web network has retooled its management team. Politico reports that former Breitbart News Network board member Steve Bannon has been appointed executive chairman of the organization, while former president and COO Laurence Solov has taken over Breitbart’s role as CEO.

“We are continuing,” Solov told Politico. “Andrew and I had a vision for this company. Andrew was very clear with this vision, and I shared this vision, and I’m going to make sure that the company continues to pursue it.”

Conservative media is big money. No shortage of aspiring oligarchs looking to shell out for self-serving news. So we’re pretty confident the site will do just fine financially. Whether or not they can have the same cultural impact without Breitbart is an open question.

Oscar Winning Producer Breitbart-Bashes President Obama

Holy ghost of Andrew Breitbart! In what ranks as one of the more astonishing first-person Hollywood essays in recent memory, producer Gerald R. Molen, owner of a 1993 Best Picture Academy Award for Schindler’s List, has ripped into President Obama on Breitbart.com.

Molen begins with the salutation “Dear Fellow Patriots,” ends with “In freedom and in purpose,” and in-between makes his feelings about the 44th POTUS abundantly clear:

We put a man in office, a man not really qualified to be a dog catcher, much less the most powerful man in the world… We liked his smile, his ability to read from a teleprompter, his super-friendly demeanor and his charismatic oratorical skills… Once again, our ears failed us. Our eyes failed us. We failed to hear that horrific sucking sound of our falling into the vortex of calm voices pushing us ever so gently but with assured and deft platitudes, into the hell of our own making.

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About that Big Breitbart Scoop…

Breitbart.com editor Joel Pollack went on Soledad O’Brien‘s CNN show this morning to talk about Andrew Breitbart‘s last big scoop–linking President Obama to Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell. Didn’t go so well. O’Brien wasn’t buying it and neither were most of the other big media creatures of the world. The reaction to this story is what would have happened to any other Breitbart story that wasn’t fronted by Breitbart. Pretty much all of Breitbart’s “scoops” were bogus (Weiner’s wiener the one sensational exception). But he knew how the needle the press into giving them more coverage than they deserved.

VIDEO: Jonah Peretti Remembers Andrew Breitbart

BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti was in our mediabistroTV studio today for an upcoming Media Beat interview and he shared his thoughts on Andrew Breitbart, who died Thursday morning. Peretti worked with Breitbart in launching The Huffington Post.

“It’s easy for internet commenters to say, you now, ‘It’s good he’s dead and look at all the damage he’s done,’” Peretti said. “But it’s harder when you’ve met someone to feel that way.”

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VIDEO: Jonah Peretti Remembers Andrew Breitbart

BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti was in our mediabistroTV studio today for an upcoming Media Beat interview and he shared his thoughts on Andrew Breitbart, who died Thursday morning. Peretti worked with Breitbart in launching The Huffington Post.

“It’s easy for internet commenters to say, you now, ‘It’s good he’s dead and look at all the damage he’s done,’” Peretti said. “But it’s harder when you’ve met someone to feel that way.”

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Breitbart Assassination Theories Running Rampant

Here’s a theory: President Obama had Andrew Breitbart assassinated because Breitbart was about to release incriminating videos of the president from his college days. Sound crazy? Welcome to the Internet. Buzzfeed tracked down 25 tweets that subscribed to this theory in the hours after Breitbart’s death. There are more.

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Andrew Breitbart’s Final Tweet

As much as he seemed to love the spotlight of television, Andrew Breitbart relied on Twitter as his rhetorical weapon of choice. We should know, we were once rather inexplicably on the receiving end. So is there any special significance to the fact that Breitbart’s final volley into the digital universe concluded with the apparently heartfelt words “I apologize?” Probably not. His final tweet also included the word “putz,” which was more typical.

Breitbart was unquestionably a digital pioneer. But one could argue that said pioneering contribution to the digital realm was essentially the professionalization of Internet trolling. Breitbart’s Twitter feed often bore little difference to a Yahoo message board. For instance, he called Ted Kennedy a “special pile of human excrement” the day after the Massachusetts Senator’s death. Trolls don’t apologize, and neither, rather famously, did Breitbart.

In this context, his final digital words are an ironic footnote to the end of an angry, and what must have been an incredibly stressful, career. The man who never apologized for anything limped out with an apology.

Andrew Breitbart is Dead

BigJournalism.com and Ben Howe are reporting that Andrew Breitbart has died. Because of Breitbart’s publicity-seeking tactics many questioned the news when it broke, but it appears to be true. Breitbart died of natural causes, according to BigJournalism:

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.

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