Thursday, March 01, 2012

Passing: Andrew Breitbart and Davy Jones.

First, Davy Jones of The Monkeys, part of the soundtrack to my boyhood. "What do you mean, Davy Jones is dead?! How can that guy be dead!" was my reaction.

Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees, died this morning after suffering a heart attack in Indiantown, Fla., his representative confirmed to ABC News. He was 66.

"He passed next to his passions, his horses, and was one hour away from his wife, Jessica Pacheco-Jones," his rep said in a statement.

One of those people who were just good, that you never think of except with fond memories of what you were doing when they were on the radio.

Second, Andrew Breitbart, the Happy Warrior.

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.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:

I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I've lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I've gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.

Word. We will miss you in the trenches Mr. Breitbart.

Life is fleeting. Live it, my friends.

The Phantom

1 comment:

Alyric said...

Talk about a gut punch to wake up to. And at 43? Too young, far too young.

The conservative movement will miss you, Andrew.