Conservative activist Breitbart died of heart failure: coroner

LOS ANGELES Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:41am EDT

Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart speaks at a news conference prior to U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) in New York, June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart speaks at a news conference prior to U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) in New York, June 6, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure with no prescription or illegal drugs in his system, the Los Angeles County Coroner's officials said on Friday.

There was no significant trauma to the body of Breitbart, who died in March at the age of 43, and foul play was not suspected, a coroner's spokesman said in a written statement.

The manner of death was classified as "natural." A final autopsy report was expected to be released in about two weeks, the spokesman said.

Breitbart, the founder of a news Web site named after himself, was walking near his Los Angeles home when he collapsed on March 1, family members have said.

The outspoken blogger and commentator, who published politically inspired photos and undercover videos, was at the center of several news websites including www.Breitbart.tv, www.breitbart.com and www.biggovernment.com.

His work helped generate a number of prominent news stories. Those included undercover videos posted on his website about ACORN, a grass-roots group that offered housing assistance and other aid to the poor.

He also helped bring national attention a sexually suggestive photo Democratic U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner of New York posted through his Twitter page. That scandal eventually led to Weiner's resignation last year.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; editing by Todd Eastham)

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Comments (13)
Donia wrote:
But I thought you had to HAVE a heart to die of heart failure…

Apr 20, 2012 12:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
George286 wrote:
Ironic.

Apr 20, 2012 12:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dc2ndtest wrote:
You mean they found a heart in this fascist freak’s chest after he died?
May his eternity in the 9th level of Dante’s inferno cause him twice the pain his hateful screeds have visited on the poor and hero’s of our age.

Apr 20, 2012 12:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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