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.
According to his father-in-law, comedian Orson Bean, Breitbart was walking in his Brentwood neighborhood last night and collapsed. Paramedics had tried to revive him.
This is a shock and a loss. I was honored to have helped play a bit part in helping Andrew expose the lie in March 2010 that members of the Congressional Black Caucus had the "n-word" repeatedly shouted at them by Tea Party activists outside the Cannon Building. I post more about that and other observations tonight.
Andrew leaves behind a wife and four children. My thoughts, sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with them, as well as the staff of his "Big" websites.
To their everlasting shame, many on the Left are gleeful at this sad news. Even in death, Andrew Breitbart gave his last expose, showing how the "tolerant" Left, who dare to lecture the rest of us about "civility," are hate-filled, vile and rotten to the core.