DC Trawler

Andrew Breitbart, R.I.P.

Shocking news this morning from Big Journalism:

With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.

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.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Andrew.

Update: A lot of people have been hoping this is a hoax, myself included, but it’s been confirmed.

Update: Andrew tweeted incessantly, right up to the end. This must have been just before he died:

If those are to be his last words, and I still can’t believe they are, they seem fitting. He didn’t suffer fools gladly, but he could admit when he’d made a mistake.

Update:

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I can confirm what Tucker said about Breitbart’s energy. I only got to talk to him on the phone once, when he called to see how I was doing after I got hit by a car. I think I might have said 50 words in as many minutes, but I didn’t care because his energy and his passion were absolutely amazing. He really cheered me up when I was down. He was a good man.

Update: I don’t really know what else to do right now, so I’m doing what I know Andrew would have wanted, what he did himself every day. I’m retweeting people saying awful things about Andrew Breitbart. (And the nice things too.) Remember: Liberals want conservatives to shut up. Conservatives want liberals to keep talking.

Update: If you celebrate Andrew Breitbart’s death because he refused to turn away from Mary Jo Kopechne’s death, you might be a liberal.

Update: Congratulations to Slate.com’s Matthew Yglesias, the face of young liberalism.