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.