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Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced in a report on Friday that conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart died last month due to heart failure.

Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart speaks at a news conference prior to U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) in New York, June 6, 2011. Representative Anthony Weiner admitted on Monday to sending a lewd photo of himself to a 21-year-old female college student over his Twitter account after previously denying he had done so. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Breitbart was just 43-years-old when he collapsed in Los Angeles on March 1. At the time, his website released a statement saying that he died of “natural causes.” On Friday, Chief Coroner Craig Harvey’s report showed that Breitbart’s heart failure was caused by an enlarged heart and heart disease, reports CNN. According to ABC News, the coroner found that there was a small amount of alcohol in his system and that there were no prescription or illegal drugs. Harvey also determined that there was no foul play and has closed the case. Breitbart's website, his appearances on Fox News and speeches made him a favorite of conservatives. Following his death, Republican politicians, including the candidates for the presidential nomination, released statements praising his work, notes CNN. "What a huge loss, in my opinion, to our country and certainly to the conservative movement," former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said. Mitt Romney called him a “brilliant entrepreneur, fearless conservative, loving husband and father." Brieitbart’s network of sites were responsible for breaking the alleged ACORN scandal in 2009. He was also the first to publish the photos that lead to former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s resignation. He was met with criticism in 2010 when he posted an edited speech by Agricultural Department employee Shirley Sherrod, making it appear as if she was racist. She was forced to resign, but when her entire speech was made public, she was offered her job back. He is survived by his wife and four children.