The Los Angeles coroner’s office has confirmed that Andrew Breitbart has died. A post on his website BigGovernment.com says that he died unexpectedly “of natural causes” at the age of 43 just after midnight in Los Angeles. Oddly, he was tweeting between 11 p.m. and midnight Los Angeles time last night.
He is survived by his wife Susie and four children.
The image to the right is one of the last ones taken of Breitbart when I photographed him at the Americans for Prosperity forum in Troy, Michigan last Saturday.
UPDATE: Breitbart apparently collapsed while going for a walk:
Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight Thursday when he collapsed, his father-in-law Orson Bean says, the Associated Press reports.
Someone saw him fall and called paramedics, who tried to revive him. They rushed him to the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center, Bean says.
Breitbart had suffered heart problems a year earlier, but Bean says he could not pinpoint what happened. “I don’t know what to say. It’s devastating,” Bean tells the AP.
I echo LOLGOP’s sentiment from his tweet this morning:
Andrew Breitbart made a living raging against what he thought was wrong. That’s admirable. Condolences to his family and friends.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 1, 2012