NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who posted the infamous crotch shot and shirtless photos of former Rep. Anthony Weiner on his website, has died. He was 43-years-old.

Breitbart died shortly after midnight in Los Angeles. His website, released a statement saying “With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.”

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It goes on to say he “passed away unexpectedly from natural causes.”

Breitbart was an outspoken critic of mainstream media and was behind several controversial investigations that led to Weiner’s resignation as well as the resignation of one-time agriculture department official Shirley Sherrod.

Last summer, Breitbart claimed he had a graphic picture of Weiner and promised not to release it. But within a few days it hit the web after Breitbart showed it to a pair of radio show hosts, who uploaded the picture.

Weiner initially denied sending the salacious photo over Twitter, saying his account had been hacked. He then modified his story, calling it a prank before finally admitting to the inappropriate online behavior at a news conference in June.

It was while waiting for that news conference to begin when Breitbart took to the podium and lashed out at Weiner.

“I’m not doing this for nefarious purposes. I’d like an apology from him for allowing for his political protectors, this was his strategy, was to blame me for hacking,” Breitbart said. “‘Oh don’t worry, Breitbart is our regular whipping boy and we can accuse him of anything and the press will not hold those journalists to account to matter what they say’ and I’m here for some vindication.”

Breitbart appeared regularly on Fox News and recently wrote a new book called “Righteous Indignation.”

His father-in-law, Orson Bean, said Breitbart was walking near his house in Los Angeles Thursday when he collapsed.

Someone saw him fall and called paramedics, who tried to revive him. They rushed him to the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center, Bean said.

Breitbart had suffered heart problems a year earlier, but Bean said he could not pinpoint what happened.

He is survived by his wife Susannah Bean Breitbart, 41, and four children.

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Comments (18)
  1. vince a says:

    That disgusting liberal POS Bill Maher ought to be ashamed of himself for saying he’s “glad” Breitbart is dead. Maher should be ashamed of himself but of course, I’m sure he’s not the slightest bit ashamed. This probably stems from Breitbart getting the mutt to publicly admit he’s a socialist. What a piece of garbage Maher is.

    I can just imagine what a firestorm the liberal left would stir up if a Conservative said something of that nature about Barbara Boxer or some other liberal mutt.

    Maher should also be glad to know the $1 million donation to the White House occupier’s campaign fund was for naught.

    245 days to the end of the White House occupier and ObamaoCare!

  2. The Realist says:

    Of course, the liberal mainstream media is covering up the REAL tragedy… There’s no plausible way to blame Obama for this.



  4. Matt says:

    Too young to die. And for those that call him a liar, his material was no better or worse than the spun filth that comes from MSNBC or NYT.

  5. paulnadra says:

    Good riddance to bad rubish. He was a big, drty LIAR!!!!!!

  6. Michael H. says:

    I may be the polar opposite to Breitbart’s political stance but 43 is too young for anybody. This is a terrible thing to happen to his family and I wish them all the best. I just wish that during his years of activism he would have put more effort towards reporting the truth rather than the political hack jobs he was famous for.

  7. jimmy says:

    He saw Weiner’s weiner and had a heart attack.

  8. suffern says:

    so sorry for his family and his children who lose and dad…
    you libs should be a shame of your self if i post something like that about the president or some other lib you would be hanging me to dry….

    he is some one son husband and father…

    1. alfred fun gus says:

      you rite and spel rilly good
      i wan to be jus like you

    2. felix diaz says:

      do not compare thr president with this guy please.

    3. felix diaz says:

      do not compare the president with this guy please.

  9. jj says:

    so because the guy has a diff political view he deserved to die?? people need to get over themselves in regards to politics and religion.

  10. CT Native says:

    What goes around comes around. What a nassty liar he was!!!!

  11. CT Native says:

    What gows around comes around. What a nassty liar he was!!!!

    1. suffern says:

      how you know he was a Liar shame on you you nasty lib what comes around goes around

  12. VY says:

    What goes around comes around.
    This could not have happened to a nicer guy.
    I guess God showed him the same type of tolerance he showed people who were out of work protesting the incompetance of our financial regulatory systems to bring charges against those responsible for the fifnancial recklessness that led to the financial breakdown.

    1. suffern says:

      you should be a shame of your self he was a father and son if this was the president would you leave a response like this hell no

  13. can we get a quote... says:

    … from weiner on this?

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