Skip to comments.Andrew Breitbart Talked Politics in L.A. Bar an Hour Before Dying
Posted on 03/01/2012 4:00:00 PM PST by iowamark
Marketing executive Arthur Sando tells THR about his lengthy debate with the conservative activist at The Brentwood; they said goodbye around 11:30 p.m., 50 minutes before Breitbart was pronounced dead.
Andrew Breitbart spent his final hours much like he lived most of his life: passionately talking politics.
Breibart, the 43-year-old conservative pundit and provocateur who died suddenly early Thursday while walking near his Los Angeles home, had stopped into The Brentwood, a nearby bar and restaurant. There, he struck up a conversation with Arthur Sando, a marketing executive who didn't know Breitbart but likely was the last person to talk extensively with him before he died.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sando says he arrived at the bar in the tony Brentwood section of L.A. around 10 p.m. and soon the empty seat next to his was filled by a man with a familiar face.
"I tried to figure out how I knew him," says Sando, a veteran publicity and marketing executive who has worked at CBS, King World Prods and Turner Broadcasting. "He was on his BlackBerry. And I said 'Andrew?' I told him I had seen his work."
Sando says the duo quickly struck up a conversation that would last a little less than two hours.
"He was friendly and engaging," Sando recalls. "I said, 'You can't be very happy with the slate of Republican candidates' and he said, 'Why would you say that?' I said, 'Well, they're talking about contraception,' and he said, 'The conversation is being framed by the liberal media.' I said, 'Well, the media isn't writing Rick Santorums speeches for him.' We had a back-and-forth for awhile until we said we werent going to agree on some things."
The friendly debate continued in the bar as Breitbart sipped red wine, says Sando. "We just hit it off, he was delightful. There were other people who sat down and joined the conversation."
Sando also mentioned that he hadn't seen Breitbart as a guest on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher recently; Breitbart told Sando he enjoyed going on Maher's show because it taught him how to deal with a hostile audience and how to react when getting booed.
Breitbart had stopped in for a drink but wasn't there to meet anyone in particular, Sando says. Nor were there any signs of health or other problems.
"He wasnt drinking excessively," Sando recalls. "He was on his BlackBerry a lot."
After the two hours, Breitbart said he was leaving. "We exchanged contact information," Sando says. "We were going to get together."
Sando says he was "shocked" to read Thursday morning that Breitbart, who had a history of heart problems, had collapsed while on a walk near his home in the same neighborhood as the bar. Breitbart was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 12:19 a.m., according to Reuters, less than an hour after leaving The Brentwood.
The exact cause of death has not been revealed but initial reports said it was natural causes.
"There were no signs that anything was wrong," says Sando. "It's very sad."
yes, it is very sad.
This possibly explains why he was walking at midnight. It is better to walk to a nearby pub than to drink and drive.
Boy. The Brentwood isn’t shy about overpricing for their food.
I think it is great that Breitbart died with his boots on. Openly discussing Conservative politics in an obviously left wing place.
Tragic. You and your conservative passion will be missed, Andrew.
Prayers for your wife. children and family.
Dangerous for a guy like Breitbart. Bars can be very dangerous.
Drank for 2 hours at the bar. Probably walked to and from the bar to avoid a DUI.
...didn’t have NEW info about OBAMA?
The Brentwood bar is in a very exclusive part of LA ... and one of the best parts of Brentwood Village. It is totally upscale.
“Sando also mentioned that he hadn’t seen Breitbart as a guest on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher recently...”
Not sure why AB would waste time talking with a liberal earwig who watchs smegma Maher, when he could be at home with his family.
No wonder Andrew Breitbart had a heart attack. I just saw the prices on that menu.
From everything Ive read today it sounds like he had a massive heart attack. Its great to know that even in Andrew’s final hours, he was happy and enjoying life. I have family who live in Brentwood, its a really nice place to live, maybe this was his normal routine, to take walks at night to clear his head. Andrew will always be remembered for his hard work and his zest for life. I will never forget him
I would say that is typical for that area - in fact I'll call it very reasonable
Weird he posted all day on a blackberry and posted his last post on an ipad..
The late night menu isn’t too bad.
I saw that. Something tells me we would be shocked at the portion size of the late nite menu. This is a high roller joint for people who lead with their wallets. I doubt they even have a clue of the needless mark up.
“Breibart, the 43-year-old conservative pundit and provocateur...”
One man’s provocateur is another man’s activist.
“The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”
Charles de Gaulle