BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings Dead at 33

Journalist, also a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, killed in car crash

Michael Hastings, a reporter for BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone contributing editor, died earlier today at the age of 33, the social news site has announced.

BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone reported that Hastings died in a car accident in Los Angeles.

"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."

Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson lauded his late colleague's scathing 2010 profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal for the magazine, writing, "Hastings' hallmark as reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power. 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."

Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana added, "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."

Reporters on Twitter reacted to the news of Hastings' death with shock and sadness, and many offered praise for the late journalist's work.