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Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart died unexpectedly early Thursday, Joel Pollak confirms to POLITICO.

Joel also wrote a heartfelt message on Andrew’s personal site, BigJournalism.com this morning, saying:

Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid should, would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

SOURCE: BigJournalism.com

Orson Bean, Breitbart’s father-in-law, told the Associated Press that he was walking with Andrew near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight 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.

“I don’t know what to say. It’s devastating,” Bean told AP.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Breitbart family. He is survived by his wife Susannah Bean Breitbart, 41, and their four children.