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Renowned journalist Andrew Breitbart died early Thursday morning at the age of 43, from what his family claim is "natural causes."
In a statement on Breitbart's website, his family spoke of their tragic loss, and reprinted words that were recently written by the author which suggest that he died doing what he loved, according to ABC News.
"With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart. Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles," the statement on breitbart.tv read.
"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," the statement went on.
The Washington Times commentator and Huffington Post researcher had written a new conclusion to his book Righteous Indignation, which the family also posted on the website.
"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," Breitbart wrote.
The father of four was well known as a conservative activist and in early 2010 was a key note speaker at the first National Tea Party Convention at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
Breitbart was married to wife Susannah (Susie) Bean in 1997, and tragically died in his Los Angeles home town leaving behind his grieving family.
The political commentator established several websites including Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv and co-wrote the book Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon which critiques pop culture.
In 1991, Breitbart graduated from Tulane University, with a B.A. in American studies.