The Advocate reports that Andrew Breitbart, the devisive conservative author, media mogul, and GOProud advisor, passed away of natural causes early this morning, March 1, in Los Angeles.
Brietbart's website, Big Government, reported that he had "passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles." GOProud's Christopher Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia have since released a statement on the passing of one of the media's most divisive figures.
"We are stunned and saddened at the passing of Andrew Breitbart - a real hero of the conservative movement," Barron and LaSalvia said. "Andrew was an amazing friend and ally to this organization. When we faced some of our toughest days, it was Andrew who was willing to come to our aide and fight for us and for what was right. We wouldn't be the organization we are today without the help of Andrew Breitbart."
"On a personal level, we want to express our deepest condolences to Andrew's family and friends," Barron and LaSalvia continued. "They are in our thoughts and in our prayers."
As The Advocate states:
Breitbart stepped down from his advisory post at GOProud in December following the group's outing of a Rick Perry campaign official (GoProud had defended its public criticism of the strategist, Tony Fabrizio, whose sexual orientation wasn't much of a secret in political circles). "I have a zero tolerance attitude toward the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual's sexual orientation as a weapon of political destruction," Breitbart said at the time.
In a rare personal statement on his site, DrudgeReport, Matt Drudge wrote:
"DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what's happening. I don't think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind's eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20's. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today..."