Andrew Breitbart’s coroner- the medical examiner that examined the right-wing media empire top dog’s body after he kicked it suddenly and scarily at the age of 43– has also died suddenly an under strange circumstances.
With no great love myself for Andrew Breitbart, I- like many others- was horrified to see him stricken down in the middle of the street by an apparent heart attack at forty-freaking-three. The man’s views and ability to twist information or invent it in its absence was both appalling and mind-boggling to behold, but even grudgingly, no one could deny he was damn good at what he did, even if “what he did” was not exactly noble.
And even if you did, like me, shout at the TV every time his pasty face and greasy hair appeared on it, there’s never much joy to be taken when a man with many young children and a young wife dies suddenly. By all accounts, Breitbart was a firecracker and electric- and even those who politically opposed him found that in one-on-one interactions, the media mogul was almost… likable.
So when Breitbart was felled at an age that is shockingly young, his cause of death was a large mystery. On April 20th, it was revealed that what got the veteran blogger in the end was the intensely ordinary heart failure, an ailment that could possibly be expected given the long hours sitting to which many successful bloggers must commit- coupled with his breakneck schedule and many media appearances and it would seem that Breitbart was burning the candle at both ends.
If you thought that Andrew Breitbart’s story ended there, however, it gets weirder. The coroner who examined Breitbart- 61-year-old Michael Cormier- himself died suddenly and under suspicious circumstances the very day Breitbart’s cause of death was released, April 20th. And it would appear that what killed Andrew Breitbart’s coroner died of arsenic poisoning, news sure to bring out conspiracy theorists who said all along that the Big Hollywood blogger’s sudden death at 43 itself was highly suspicious.
LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton concedes that not only did Breitbart’s coroner die of poisoning, but that foul play cannot yet be ruled out:
“At this point, we haven’t ruled out foul play… It is one of the things being considered. We are waiting for the coroner’s results.”
Authorities noted that Breitbart’s coroner may have been exposed to the toxin naturally, and that the poisoning may have been accidental.