Michael Hastings Dead: BuzzFeed Reporter Dies In Car Crash At Age 33

Michael Hastings attends Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick in Conversation With Michael Hastings at Barnes & Noble Union Square on November 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Michael Hastings attends Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick in Conversation With Michael Hastings at Barnes & Noble Union Square on November 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

 

Journalist Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday at the age of 33, according to a statement from his employer, BuzzFeed.

Hastings, who was also a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, is perhaps best known for his candid Rolling Stone interview with General Stanley McChrystal, then the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, that eventually led to McChrystal being relieved of his command.

He is also the author of two books about America's wars: The Operators, detailing the flaws of the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan, and I Lost My Love In Baghdad, about his experiences as a war correspondent in Iraq during his mid-twenties.

Hastings joined BuzzFeed in April 2012 to cover the presidential election.

"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. 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."

 

Posted: 06/18/2013 7:11 pm EDT | Updated: 06/18/2013 7:31 pm EDT

 
 

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