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BuzzFeed: Michael Hastings has died
« on: August 21, 2013, 00:11:02 AM »

BuzzFeed: Michael Hastings has died


BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car accident on Tuesday in Los Angeles, the news outlet reported. He was 33 years old.

“We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone,” BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said in a statement. “Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians. He wrote stories that would otherwise have gone unwritten, and without him there are great stories that will go untold.”

Hastings was also a regular contributor to GQ and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where in June 2010 he made waves with his profile of U.S. Army general Stanley McChrystal, then commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Shortly after the article’s publication, which featured disparaging quotes from the general about Obama administration officials, the president relieved McChrystal of his command.

"Hastings' hallmark as reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power," Rolling Stone wrote in its obituary. "While other embedded reporters were charmed by McChrystal's bad-boy bravado and might have excused his insubordination as a joke, Hastings was determined to expose the recklessness of a man leading what Hastings believed to be a reckless war."

"Great reporters exude a certain kind of electricity," says Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana on the publication's website Tuesday. "The sense that there are stories burning inside them, and that there's no higher calling or greater way to live life than to be always relentlessly trying to find and tell those stories. I'm sad that I'll never get to publish all the great stories that he was going to write, and sad that he won't be stopping by my office for any more short visits which would stretch for two or three completely engrossing hours. He will be missed."

Hastings is survived by his wife, Elise Jordan.

“Michael was also a wonderful, generous colleague, a joy to work with and a lover of corgis — especially his Bobby Sneakers,” Smith said in the statement. “Our thoughts are with Elise and and the rest of his family and we are going to miss him.”

His colleagues and other journalists shared their memories and condolences on twitter:

Rosie Gray        ✔

Rest in peace Michael. A fearless reporter, great friend, and huge inspiration to me and many others.  http://www.
1:02 AM - 19 Jun 2013
 Statement On Michael Hastings

BuzzFeed is saddened to report that Michael Hastings died in a car accident early this morning in Los Angeles. He was 33.
BuzzFeed @BuzzFeed
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Dan Stone

Stunning and saddened to hear Michael Hastings died today. A former colleague, he was the fiercest man and journalist I've ever met.
1:03 AM - 19 Jun 2013
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Anthony De Rosa        ✔

I was and remain a huge @mmhastings fan. Completely shocked at the moment. My condolences to his friends and family.
12:58 AM - 19 Jun 2013
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Andrew Kaczynski        ✔

RIP Michael, a wonderful friend and person. RT @BuzzFeedBen: Michael Hastings has died http://www.
12:54 AM - 19 Jun 2013
 Statement On Michael Hastings

BuzzFeed is saddened to report that Michael Hastings died in a car accident early this morning in Los Angeles. He was 33.
BuzzFeed @BuzzFeed
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