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Breitbart Autopsy Performed Friday, No Results Yet

An autopsy was performed on Breitbart, a Westwood resident, Friday morning.

UPDATE, March 3: A final determination on the cause of death of Andrew Breitbart has been deferred pending the results of toxicology and microscopic studies.

Coroner's Chief Craig Harvey said his office ordered the autopsy because of factors including that "he was under 50 and he was not in the care of a doctor in the past year.''

The cause of death determination could take four to six weeks, Harvey said.

"Once the results (of toxicology and microscopic studies) have been received and evaluated, a final cause of death will be entered for Mr. Breitbart,'' Harvey said.

Breitbart's father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, told the Los Angeles Times in remarks published today that the death "looks like a heart attack.''

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An autopsy was being conducted Friday on the body of conservative blogger and commentator Andrew Breitbart, who died Thursday. The 43-year-old Breitbart died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after collapsing while on a walk near his Westwood home.

Coroner's Chief Craig Harvey said his office ordered the autopsy because of factors including that "he was under 50 and he was not in the care of a doctor in the past year.'' The autopsy was in progress late this morning, Harvey said.

Earlier:

Breitbart's father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, told the Los Angeles Times in remarks published today that the death "looks like a heart attack'' but the cause would have to be determined by the autopsy. A posting on Breitbart's website shortly after he died reported that the death was from natural causes.

Breitbart had a hand in former New York congressman Anthony Weiner's fall from grace, and took on the national nonprofit group ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. In 2009, he posted an undercover video in which a pair of activists posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend approached ACORN for help with a brothel in which underage Salvadorans would live and work. ACORN workers appeared accommodating, and the organization lost its congressional funding in the ensuing uproar.

Breitbart, who was popular with the Tea Party movement, previously spent 10 years as editor of the conservative Drudge Report and helped launch the blog The Huffington Post. Breitbart lived in Westwood and is survived by his wife and their four children. Funeral plans were not immediately announced.

SusanW March 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
ACORN only appeared accommodating in the doctored videos. In the raw footage (obtained thanks to then-CA-AttyGen'l Brown) it's evident that O'Keefe never wore the "pimp" suit into the office (his female accomplice admitted that was "B-roll" footage). My sympathies to Breitbart's family, but the media record needs to get straight on a few skewed notions of the history being reported as "fact."
jim hubbard March 03, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Judging from the hate and vitriol on many blogs today, many people like that Brietbart is dead. Hope they do a thorough autopsy. There is some cause for suspicions to be aroused.
jimhubbardphotography@gmail.com March 03, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Judging from the hate and vitriol on many blogs today, many people like that Brietbart is dead. Hope they do a thorough autopsy. There is some cause for suspicions to be aroused.
Maureen Levinson March 03, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Big void in the world with Breitbart's passing. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Suzy and their four young children at this sad time.
Gerri March 03, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Breitbart dropped dead, just after he announced he was airing tapes of the president's hippy days with his Weathermen friends, the Van Doren and Bill Ayers. An autopsy of Breitbart  was done by the LA coroner but they are not reporting anything for 6 to 8 weeks. Hmmm, suspicious. Natural question of a detective should be, was there the regular bartender on duty? or a substitute in his absence? Was it  murder or a natural heart attack? A doctor and toxicology specialist on a talk show talked about what might speed up the heart beat ( noradrenaline) ...bringing on a heart attack. Breitbart had had dinner a week before with the Van Dorens and Bill Ayers (these are the Weathermen now college professors). Could he have ingested something at that time that was like a time lapse drug? It was just after this dinner, that Breitbart announced that he would be airing the tapes about the president's Weatherman/hippy days. Has Breitbart been silenced and stopped from displaying this? On this same talk show the other night, an Italian type from Brooklyn called in and said, "Here's how we know if it is murder or not...if the tapes are shown in a couple weeks, then it was a heart attack. If they are not shown, then he was murdered. Just like that."
Jim March 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
absolutely not true.. Get your facts straight...
Emily March 03, 2012 at 06:23 PM
"If the tapes are not shown, then he was murdered". Oh, how convenient. How about if the tapes are not shown, they never existed.
Sharon Sharp March 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
@ Emily - really? Your conclusion is ridiculous because he was all about releasing these videos. He would not put his credibility on the line if he didn't have them.
Joe Handle March 06, 2012 at 07:26 AM
A time lapse drug that induces a heart attack a week later? Man, you are fricking out of your mind...please get therapy soon.

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