I got a text this morning from my ex-husband asking if Andrew Breitbart was really dead, or if the announcement was a hoax. I woke up my roommate, Mark Ebner, who wrote a book with Breitbart, Hollywood Interrupted and he is now outside drinking coffee and staring at the lawn after saying
Don’t dance on his grave. He was young.
Breitbart died of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center just after midnight where he was taken by ambulance after collapsing on a stroll in his neighborhood. He was 43.
I had met Breitbart a number of times when he worked for Drudge and he was a smart, kind, sweet, funny guy back then, though our politics didn’t match up. He took me to a screening of Oliver Stone’s movie about Castro. A bunch of us watched the Oscars at his house one year, eating pizza and goofing off. The last time I chatted with him was online, after many years of no contact; we exchanged a few remarks about Occupy, and in chat he teased me
So Occupy is being run by Wiccans?
From our pre-HuffPo, pre-Big Hollywood conversations, I learned some things about Andrew. He was adopted, which is why he was anti-abortion. He told me that his birth mom was kind of hippie, and he had been liberal himself, but after spending time with his father-in-law Orson Bean, his politics shifted.
Andrew was an instigator, a rabblerouser and while our politics so did not line up, he became an unlikely ally of the LGBT community last year when told a CPAC audience
If being conservative means rejecting gay conservatives because they are gay, then fine, I’m not a conservative.
He later resigned from the board of GOProud over allegations that the group’s leaders, Christopher Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, had outed an official working with Rick Perry’s presidential campaign.
I disagreed with a lot of what he did, but I appreciated that he existed, if only to be a huge counter balance. I often wished he had used his brains, balls and brawn in other ways, but …
Andrew leaves behind his wife and kids. And a world that will be less outrage-filled and smaller without his bombastic presence.
No word yet if the Mormons plan to baptize Andrew.