Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart dead at 43

Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-01 10:34:26-05

(CNN) — Andrew Breitbart, a well-known conservative blogger, has died, his attorney said Thursday. He was 43.

Joel Pollak, editor-in-chief and in-house counsel for Breitbart’s website,, confirmed his death.

Breitbart was the first to post the infamous Twitter photos of U.S. Rep Anthony Weiner last year, in which the congressman appeared barechested and in his underpants. Weiner eventually stepped down amid the scandal.

Breitbart came under criticism for posting an edited video clip of Agriculture Department worker Shirley Sherrod appearing to say she discriminated against a white farmer looking for assistance. Sherrod was fired over the video but later offered her job back when it was clear she had been misrepresented.

Breitbart got his start helping to run the original right-wing online media behemoth, the Drudge Report, then started his own website.