Dean Barnett, a Belmont resident and well-known conservative blogger, has died from cystic fibrosis, according to several online reports posted Monday.
Barnett wrote a blog about the Boston Red Sox and more recently blogged at HughHewitt.com and was a contributor to the Weekly Standard and Townhall.com.
In 2006, he wrote about his experience with the disease.
"As I mentioned yesterday and long-time readers know, I have Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a genetic disease, the number one genetic killer in the country. The average age of death is 36. Iím now 39; when I was born in 1967, the life expectancy for a newborn with CF was 8 years,'' Barnett wrote in this column.
At the Weekly Standard, several prominent conservatives praised their late colleague.
"Dean Barnett, who passed away today, touched the lives of so many with his kindness, courage, wit, and good humor. The outpouring of tributes to Dean and condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues has already been tremendous.''
Here are just a few from his many friends and admirers.
John Podhoretz wrote: "It is heartbreaking to report that Dean Barnett, one of the early stars of the conservative blogosphere, died this afternoon at the age of 41 of complications from cystic fibrosis. Dean was a Massachusetts businessman who began writing a delightful blog about the Red Sox but soon found himself irrepressibly drawn to the politics of the present moment.''
William Kristol wrote: "He was a remarkable man--principled, witty, and to all of us, a model of grace and courage."