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Jeff Labrecque
March 01, 2012 AT 02:52 PM EST

Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Internet publisher, journalist, and author, died this morning. He was only 43. Breitbart had worked for Matt Drudge’s website before leaving to assist Arianna Huffington set up the Huffington Post. He launched his own political websites, and famously played a role in the Rep. Anthony Weiner scandal by re-posting the revealing Twitter photo of Weiner on one of his sites.

A statement on his website, said:

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.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:

“I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and — famously — I enjoy making enemies.

“Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands — who knows? — of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.”

Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.

Breitbart is survived by his wife and four children.

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