Over the course of his career as a conservative commentator, blogger and vigilant crusader against liberal bias, as he saw it, in the mainstream American media and in Hollywood, Andrew Breitbart pulled off a few high-profile alliances and at least one major takedown. He was a colleague and crony of another prominent online media fixture from right-leaning ranks, Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report, but he also played a contributing role in The Huffington Post’s past. But Breitbart, who died suddenly early Thursday morning in Los Angeles, will mostly be remembered on a professional level for breaking the story of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. Breitbart was 43.

AP via Google News:

Reaction to his death was quick.

“RIP ‘O Mighty Warrior!” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a message on Twitter, the medium where Breitbart confronted his critics with often abrasive messages. Indeed, Breitbart’s final message called a follower “a putz.”

His online profile, meanwhile, called him a “mild-mannered family guy” and “husky male model.”

Media Matters, the liberal watchdog that was a frequent Breitbart critic, said the organization’s “thoughts and prayers are with his family today.”

“We’ve disagreed more than we’ve found common ground, but there was never any question of Andrew’s passion for and commitment to what he believed,” said Media Matters’ Ari Rabin-Havt.

Republican presidential contenders also weighed in.

Read more

Wait, before you go…

If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface.  We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.

Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.

Support Truthdig