Andrew Breitbart ‘collapses’ near Brentwood home, suddenly dies; plus, more Whitney mag covers, more on phone-hacking scandal

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The death of conservative web-publishing titan Andrew Breitbart in the early morning hours today woke up New York media with a start.

"Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles," wrote Larry Solov, president of Breitbart LLC, in a brief statement on Breitbart's website, BigJournalism.com.

"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."

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Breitbart was a pugnacious and polarizing figure, which was reflected in some of the many reactions to his death making the rounds on Twitter. But there was a palpable sense of grief emanating from his friends and associates within the conservative movement.

On Fox News this morning, columnist Jonah Goldberg teared up while discussing his friend (you can watch here).

So far, The Associated Press appears to be the first with a full-length obit. According to the A.P., Breitbart was walking down the street near his house in Brentwood a little after midnight Pacific time when he suddenly collapsed; a witness called an ambulance, and he died in the early morning hours at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. You can find some early reactions to his death here and here.

In other news...

Skepticism about the potential U.S.-based prosecution of News Corp. in the bribery scandal. [paidContent]

Michael Wolff on James Murdoch's "ignominius exit from News International." [The Guardian]

James O'Keefe is suing Current TV, Keith Olbermann and David Shuster for defamation. [The Wrap]

New York is launching a standalone design magazine. [W.W.D.]

Whitney Houston magazine covers are still being rolled out. [W.W.D.]

More details on the new Manhattan society magazine just launched by Jared Kushner. [New York Times]

The Huffington Post asked veteran politics reporter Andrea Stone to remove a questionable Facebook comment. [Mixed Media]

AOL's new Patch HQ: "Highlights of the new space include a fitness room equipped with treadmill desks that allow employees to exercise while they work." [Mixed Media]

NBC News vs. Glen Greenwald over Iran. [HuffPo]

Inside Media Matters' "ultra private" D.C. book party last night. (Tonight's soiree is in New York.) [Fishbowl DC]

The latest stats on the gender gap at literary publications. [The New York Observer]

Slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was posthumously baptized by Mormons, and his family is not happy about it. [The Boston Globe]

And New York Times staffers who belong to the Newspaper Guild of New York held a "quiet protest" outside yesterday's page one meeting against proposed benefits cuts that have stalled their contract negotiations with company management. You can watch the video below: