- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pioneering conservative author, blogger and polemicist Andrew Breitbart died suddenly of natural causes at the age of 43, his website Big Journalism confirmed in a posting this morning.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office confirmed that Mr. Breitbart died shortly after midnight at UCLA Medical Center, ABC News Radio reported Thursday morning.

With his suite of websites, which frequently broke major stories, and his writings for the Drudge Report and other Internet sites, Mr. Breitbart emerged as one of the most influential and, at times, controversial conservative journalists of the past decade. He was a former columnist for The Washington Times.

At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Mr. Breitbart earned a standing ovation when he promised the gathering of conservative activists he would wage “war against the institutional left” in the coming presidential campaign.

“We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior,” Big Journalism writer Larry Solov said in a statement announcing Mr. Breitbart’s death on the Big Journalism website.

“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.”

• David R. Sands can be reached at dsands@washingtontimes.com.

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