Adam Silverman, Burlington Free Press
Journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car crash in Los Angeles.
Michael Hastings, a native Vermonter and a journalist widely known for his profile in Rolling Stone magazine of a general who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was killed Tuesday in a car crash in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.
He was 33.
News of his death was first reported Tuesday evening by the website BuzzFeed, for which Hastings also wrote, and by Rolling Stone .
"We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone," Ben Smith, BuzzFeed editor in chief, said in a statement posted online shortly before 7 p.m.
"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, a joy to work with and a lover of corgis — especially his Bobby Sneakers," Smith continued. "Our thoughts are with Elise and the rest of his family and we are going to miss him."
Hastings, a Vermont native, was a 1998 graduate of Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.
His reporting on Gen. Stanley McChrystal and the subsequent story in June 2010 led to the commander's resignation after he was quoted ridiculing President Obama, Vice President Biden and other administration officials. The story was titled "The Runaway General" and resulted from the considerable access to McChrystal and others that Hastings was granted.
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