Michael Hastings, most recently of Buzzfeed but well-known and respected for his reporting in Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and elsewhere, had died at the age of 33. According to Buzzfeed, he was killed in a car accident early this morning in Los Angeles.
Here's Buzzfeed's statement, tweeted out by the site's editor Ben Smith:
"We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone. 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. Michael was also a wonderful, generous colleague and a joy to work with. Our thoughts are with Elise and and the rest of his family and we are going to miss him."
Here's Hastings, tearing into Piers Morgan and his panel over General Petraeus's record in Afghanistan and Iraq: