Political commentator and podcast host Michael Brooks died from a “sudden medical condition,” according to his podcast's official Twitter account. He was 36 years old. Many fans were left stunned at the news because he seemed to be in good health. So, what exactly happened to him?
Michael Brooks' team made a statement on his sudden passing.
“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 Twitter statement read.
“Michael believed in bringing people together in the struggle for love and justice, fighting for all poor and 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 statement continued.
Michael Brooks hosted and contributed to many different web series and podcasts.
Michael appeared on The Majority Report, which is a political talk show that releases its episodes on YouTube daily along with podcast services. Michael started appearing as a contributor on the show in 2013 and discussed politics and cultural issues, mainly with a left perspective. After gaining popularity, Michael started The Michael Brooks Show, which launched in 2017, where he discussed politics, history, and pop culture with various guests.
He also wrote two books, Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right and The Buddha’s Playbook, co-written with Josh Summers.
Michael Brooks' family is planning to create a foundation in his honor.
A common sentiment being expressed after Michael’s passing is that he was compassionate and loving to all people and always maintained a positive attitude and hopeful outlook.
His family also stated that they will create a foundation in his honor and asked that people treat “all humans with respect and dignity” to honor him. “It is impossible to capture the impact he had, and he will be missed sorely,” the statement said. “His family and friends want to ensure this work continues and are preparing plans for the best way to ensure this fight continues.”
“His family will release a statement in the near future about plans to keep his work alive by creating a foundation in his honor. While the form it will take is uncertain, Michael’s family desires to keep his work alive and asks all who wish to contribute continue doing so in the usual channels. Now we will honor Michael by treating all humans with respect and dignity,” the statement continued.
Twitter continues to grieve the loss of Michael.
Tributes to Michael have been flooding Twitter, honoring and remembering the political commentator. One fan wrote, “Michael was such a formative figure in my political education, but I think it was his bright spirit that I'll remember most. He had this irrepressible joie de vivre when sparring with the worst people imaginable, a happy warrior for the oppressed. Rest in power”
We've lost one of our most influential and prolific voices on the left. You will be greatly missed, but contributions not forgotten. Rest In Power Michael Brooks, and my condolences to his Family, Friends and Crew.— ¯\_(🇺🇸)_/¯ (@iam_so_lo) July 21, 2020
Another fan expressed their condolences and credited Michael for being selfless in his actions. They wrote, “Michael had the kindest soul, he never seeked self gain or attention, or did anything nefarious. And the following that he did build, he always used for the benefit of others. He is truly loved and will be missed. We need more pure intentioned activists like him.”