Breitbart's Death No Accident: Conspiracy Theorists
A 'heart attack'? Bloggers, tweeters refuse to believe it
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2012 3:29 PM CST
Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart speaks during an interview at the Associated Press in New York, Tuesday, June 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – Andrew Breitbart's surprising death this week has sparked good-riddance shots, tributes—and now the inevitable conspiracy theories, reports Yahoo's The Cutline blog. The fact that Breitbart recently claimed to have damaging videos of President Obama has only added fuel to the flames. "[We] are going to vet [Obama] from his college days to show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008," Breitbart said at a CPAC gathering last month.

Now for the reaction:

  • Paul Joseph Watson calls Breitbart's reported heart attack at age 43 "a stunning coincidence" on
  • Conservative blogger Lawrence Sinclair criticized Breitbart's attorney for identifying the cause of death as a heart attack before the autopsy has been released.
  • Commenters on Sinclair's blog were more pointed: "There is a way to induce a heart attack in human beings." "43-year-old people don't die from 'natural causes.'" "In my opinion THIS GUY GOT ELIMINATED. Plain and simple."
  • Buzzfeed lists 25 tweets by people who argue that "President Obama killed Andrew Breitbart."
  • On Slate, David Weigel takes exception to the "truthers," noting that Breitbart had a "full-service media enterprise, with a large team. ... Breitbart did not have a golden key to a vault that only he could access."
And, as Yahoo notes, Breitbart's father-in-law has said Breitbart suffered from heart problems in 2010.

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Mar 5, 2012 2:29 PM CST
Apparently the out of shape, heavyset Breitbart decided to walk to/from the restaurant. He had "a glass" of wine, (doubt this was something new for him) and walked home. That was probably his exercise, and there are no homes/apts that close to The Brentwood. So he had to walk a fair amount, and it's not out of the question that an out of shape, stressed out type A would have a heart attack and just drop. It's not like he didn't have the perfect profile of a heart attack waiting to happen. I don't know if he smoked, exercised, or what he ate, but he would have to walk an appreciable distance to reach the area I believe he lived in. Plus if it's the gated community that was near the Brentwood, that's a mile walk, with a slight incline along the way if he last address was just north of the Veteran Cemetery. Round trip walk, 3 miles. Here's a good breakdown....
Mar 5, 2012 8:57 AM CST
All i know is, i am glad this pig is dead and with Newt and all others like him will follow in his foot steps. the sooner the better.
Mar 4, 2012 5:05 PM CST
Get over it paranoid conspiracy minded morons. Breitbart was a victim of too many red-meat burgers (just look at the former living guy's pics, how else would a person maintain such constant heft) along with coronary artery (heart) disease. His Type A conservative-personality bent with the active hostility & constant anger probably didn't help his heart with it's progressively narrowing, clogging arteries before the coronary occlusion finally blocked the blood flow completely & killed him on his late night walk before his final (& eternal) bedtime. Early death can happen to fools who are angry ANGRY ANGRY!!! all the time & are prone to heart disease & constantly eat the wrong diet (eating lots of red-meat: take a look at Dick Cheney & his what, 6 heart attacks he's had in his life, & his favorite meal *every* night of the week if he could eat it is STEAK with lots of salt added to it - the man has no functioning heart anymore, he's powered by a pump these days, waiting for a donor, or death, whichever occurs first) But it (early death from a heart attack) can also happen to marshmallows who rarely utter a word or thought in anger as well => John Candy, dead at the age of 43 in 1994 from, you guessed it, a heart attack :-(