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 InfoWars.com.
- 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.