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Andrew Breitbart is dead

by | 1st, March 2012

THE American blogger and rabble rouser Andrew Breitbart has died. He was 43.

On Breitbart.com the notice says:

“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.”

What now for his sites Big Hollywood, Big Government and Big Journalism?

The LA PD are investigating.

Said Breitbart in his book:

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.”

Tributes:

Jonah Goldberg, founding editor of the National Review Online,:

“He was one of the most fearless people I ever knew. “One of his favorite pastimes was to retweet all of the hate that people threw at him, because he considered it a badge of honor. It was his Wheaties….He was the modern conservative’s iteration of a 1960s radical. He loved the fight.”

 Tucker Carlson, editor of the Daily Caller:

“He was completely fearless. And he thrived on the brawling.”

ABC News’ Terry Moran:

“For better and worse, he reshaped modern journalism.”

Rick Santorum:

“What a powerful force. What a huge loss, in my opinion for our country, and certainly for the conservative movement. My prayers go out to his family. I’m really sorry to hear it.”

Rick Perry on Twitter.

“RIP ‘O Mighty Warrior!”

Ned Ryun:

“Andrew was a pioneer in using social media and digital technology to bring a courageous conservative message to America’s grass roots. He did something many in the conservative movement are afraid to do–go right at the left and not back down. He served as an example to the rest of the conservative movement of how to fight for our values without apology or compromise.”

Matt Welch, Reason:

“The reason that was funny was two-fold: He didn’t actually have strong philosophical/policy beliefs–at all–and he was always perfectly comfortable and perfectly welcome in ideologically and culturally diverse settings.”

A big voice has gone…



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