Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart has died in Los Angeles. He was 43.
Breitbart’s website, bigjournalism.com, announced Thursday he died of natural causes in Los Angeles in the early morning hours. His death was confirmed by Breitbart.com editor-in-chief Joel Pollak, who said he was at the hospital.
He is survived by his wife Susannah Bean Breitbart, daughter of Orson Bean an American film, television, and Broadway actor she is 41, and his four children.
Breitbart served as an American Icon to the Conservative base with his hard hitting, expose reporting. His website bigjournalism.com was managed with the kind of investigative reporting that seemed to be all but extinct in the 21st century.
Breitbart grew up in liberal American suburb of Brentwood, Los Angeles CA and began his journalism career as an early contributor to the Drudge Report as a moderate Democrat. However, Breitbart moved his ideology to the right after seeing the destructive journalism of the left with the Clarence Thomas hearings. He described himself as “a Reagan conservative” with libertarian sympathies.
In April 2011 Grand Central Publishing released Breitbart’s book, Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World, in which he discussed his own political evolution and the part he took in the rise of new media, most notably at the Drudge Report and The Huffington Post.
My own personal eulogy to Andrew Breitbart is simple; he represented my hope that real journalism would be reborn from the ashes of an election that was won and lost on the basis of biased journalism. He exemplified outraged Americans by standing up to the left wing media. He fought a hard battle for the Conservative come back and in 2010 we won. He stood before us naked, down trodden and dusted himself off to come back from deep in the trenches of the liberal garbage to secure a place of reverence in the hearts of Tea Party Americans across this nation. He was the first public figure I cried for since JFK. He was Big Journalism through and through. Rest in Peace patriot, your work here is done; the rest is up to us.