Andrew Breitbart, the conservative commentator who died unexpectedly at age 43 early Thursday morning, March 1, 2012, spent his last hours with a former TV executive he had never met.
The former TV executive is Arthur Sando, who for years worked as corporate communications chief at Turner Broadcasting and then at King World. Sando, who is now vice president of corporate communications for dietary supplement company MonaVie, first told about his encounter with Breitbart to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the story, "Sando says he arrived [at the The Brentwood bar and restaurant] in the tony Brentwood section of L.A. around 10 p.m. and soon the empty seat next to his [at the bar] was filled by a man with a familiar face. ‘I tried to figure out how I knew him,’ says Sando. … ‘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."
Fifty minutes after that, Breitbart would be dead.
The story in THR continues: " ‘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 Santorum’s speeches for him." We had a back-and-forth for a while until we said we weren’t 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.’ "
The article adds, "After the two hours, Breitbart said he was leaving. ‘We exchanged contact information,’ Sando says. ‘We were going to get together. … There were no signs that anything was wrong,’ says Sando. ‘It’s very sad.’ "