Michael Hastings, the 33-year-old reporter whose 2010 Rolling Stone feature ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, died after a car accident June 18 in Los Angeles.
Hastings died when his car crossed over a median in Hollywood at around 4:25 a.m., hit a tree and caught fire, according to reports quoting the Los Angeles Police Dept.
Hastings covered Iraq for Newsweek and recently wrote for BuzzFeed. He penned a book, "I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story," after his aide worker fiancée, Andrea Parhamovich, was killed in a Baghdad car bombing.
Hastings' controversial RS piece, "The Runaway General," won several awards as it included McChrystal's criticism of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as well as administration policies toward Afghanistan. Shortly after it was published, Obama fired McChrystal, who surfaced with a book and as a speaker this month at the secretive annual confab of top PR pros known as The Seminar.
Will Dana, Hastings' editor at Rolling Stone, said: "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."
BuzzFeed chief Ben Smith praised Hastings' willingness to break conventions of journalism. "He infuriated his peers by breaking unwritten rules: He wrote about events that were presumed, though not stipulated, to be off the record; he wrote about what reporters said and did; and he wrote that the President had joined a cocktail hour with the press, though he respected his agreement not to report on the substance of the conversation."
Hastings is survived by his wife, Elise Jordan.
Last year, Hastings listed his 10 pieces of advice for journalists in a Redditt Q&A, including No. 10: "Learn to embrace rejection as part of the gig. Keep writing/pitching/reading."