Widely read conservative Internet publisher Andrew Breitbart, whose flare for battle with politicians and the mainstream media earned him a reputation as one of the nation's most influential commentators, died Thursday.
"We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior," the statement said. "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."
Breitbart was a prolific commentator who
founded several websites devoted to covering politics, entertainment and
everything in between. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Drudge
Report before breaking off to start his own outlets -- including Big
Government, Big Hollywood and Breitbart.tv.