Andrew Breitbart, author, blogger and former editor of the Drudge Report, died in Los Angeles early Thursday morning. He was just 43.
According to his website Breitbart.com, he passed away from natural causes. The following statement was posted today:
"With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart. We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior."
The right wing conservative helped launch the Huffington Post, was considered a star of the Tea Party movement and famously broke the story of former Congressman Anthony Weiner's lewd Twitter photos.
Breitbart is survived by his wife, Susannah, and four children.
UPDATE: Breitbart was walking last night near his Los Angeles home when he collapsed, his father-in-law, actor Orson Bean told Reuters. A friend of Breitbart also told Reuters he had a history of heart problems and is believed to have suffered a heart attack.