The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office confirmed to ABC News Radio that Andrew Breitbart died shortly after midnight at UCLA Medical Center. The conservative writer and a star of the tea party movement was 43.

The following statement was posted on Breitbart’s website today:

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

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.

A conservative blogger and journalist, Breitbart helped launch the Huffington Post and was an editor at the Drudge Report.

Breitbart’s site “Big Government” broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal and in July 2010, the Obama administration abruptly axed former USDA state director Shirley Sherrod after Breitbart published a heavily edited video of an NAACP speech in which she appeared to say she discriminated against white farmers.

Breitbart is survived by his wife Susannah Bean Breitbart, 41, and four children.

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