Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure brought on by coronary artery disease. That's the conclusion reached by the LA County coroner in a preliminary autopsy report released yesterday. A full report will be available in two weeks.
Breitbart, who ran the news aggregation website Breitbart.com, as well as a number of other conservative outlets, including Big Government and Big Journalism, died on March 1 at the age of 43.
"No significant trauma was present and no foul play is suspected," the coroner concluded from the March 2 autopsy.
No prescription or illicit drugs were detected, and Breitbart's blood alcohol level was at .04 percent. Breitbart was reportedly walking from The Brentwood bar in Los Angeles to his nearby home when he died suddenly.
The coroner said the final report would be available in two weeks.
Breitbart is survived by his wife, Susie, and four children.
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women. It can strike anyone - young or old - and is at least partly a matter of heredity. Eventually, we'll be able to switch off the gene that makes the disease more likely in many.
For Breitbart, that day did not come soon enough.