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Reporter Michael Hastings Dead At 33

Former Rolling Stone editor and BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith released the following statement:

“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.”

Hastings rose to fame with an explosive 2010 interview with General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone, which ultimately led to the NATO commander’s resignation. Following the McChrystal story, Hastings appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, The Colbert Report and other news shows. He joined BuzzFeed in 2012 to cover President Obama‘s re-election campaign.

Our thoughts at Mediaite are with Hastings’ family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

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