Michael Brooks is known for hosting “The Michael Brooks Show” and “The Majority Report” and being a contributor to Jacobin Magazine, died unexpectedly, according to an announcement published by his show’s Twitter account on Monday.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected passing of Michael Brooks: a son, brother, friend, and true comrade to so many, due to a sudden medical condition,” the statement read. “Michael believed in bringing people together in the struggle for love & justice, fighting for all poor & working people, a struggle that he understood to be global. He knew the only way we could do this was by bringing people together & made his life’s work bringing people from different backgrounds and countries together. We hope you join us in honoring him by continuing that work.”
The announcement sent shockwaves among progressive media personalities.
“Oh my god. This is such an unspeakable tragedy. Just at a loss for words. Michael was such a phenomenal person, so young, so kind, and vibrant, a loyal friend. Deepest condolences to his loved ones and his colleagues. Devastating,” The Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald reacted.
“This is devastating. I’m in shock. Michael was such a kind, funny, talented, smart person. Condolences to his friends and family,” The Grayzone journalist Aaron Maté wrote.
“Society judges us by all the wrong standards, like how wealthy we are or what status we have. Michael was one of the most successful people I knew because he touched millions of lives and was a giant for truth and justice. It was an honor to know him,” The Young Turks host and founder Cenk Uygur tweeted.
“The news about Michael Brooks hits like a brick to the stomach. I’m proud to have known him and will never forget his kindness, sense of humor, and the incredible international perspective he brought to his work. I’ll miss him tremendously, and so will the entire socialist left,” Brooks’ Jacobin Magazine colleague Luke Savage wrote.
“This is a really tragic loss. Michael Brooks was one of the left’s sharpest broadcasters. His book on the Intellectual Dark Web is superb. He was always kind and supportive of me. His passing leaves a deep hole in left media and his voice will truly be missed,” Current Affairs editor Nathan J. Robinson said.
“.@_michaelbrooks been a dear friend. An ally. A crusader. A force of nature. Always offering the best advice. Always there for you. Always on the good side. I can’t see the movement without Michael right now. He’s done so much. We have to keep his legacy alive. Love you, Michael,” podcast host Nomiki Konst wrote.
“.@_michaelbrooks was an absolute mensch. That man radiated compassion and warmth. He was one of the most insightful and fundamentally just humans I ever met. What a devastating loss,” progressive journalist Walker Bragman tweeted.
“I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am. A beautiful and courageous human has passed on. I will miss him terribly,” The Hill’s “Rising” co-host Krystal Ball reacted.
“RIP Michael Brooks. Very sad,” StatusCoup co-founder Jordan Chariton said.
Brooks’ death also sparked reactions from activists and politicians including former Brazilian President Lula Da Silva, who was a “personal hero” to the commentator.
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