The former founder of the far-right online forum Roosh v, whose “alt-right” is loosely defined as white nationalists and anti-Semites, died on Sunday in a car accident in California, the Southern California Medical Examiner’s Office said.
R. V. Andrews Jr., 64, of Burbank, Calif., died of a heart attack in his car.
He was a self-described “patriot” and “social justice warrior,” according to a biography on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Andrews was born in Tennessee, the website said.
He ran a self, family, and community nonprofit, The Roosh Ranch, and was an early supporter of Trump.
The website said he had “troubled relationships with people” and called for violence against the media.
“I believe that there is a very real threat to freedom of speech and expression,” the biography said.
“And I do believe that we must stand up against the alt-left, and the far left, and their hatred of America.”
Andrews and other members of his family have described him as an “alpha male” who has been accused of harassing women and children.
In the past, the family has described Andrews as “a man of the people” who was “deeply religious.”
He had lived in New York City since 2007, according to the Southern Californian newspaper.
Andrews’s daughter, Sarah, told ABC News that she and her brother were at his home when he was killed.
“He was a very gentle man.
I’ve been with him all my life, and we just thought that it was just too sad to even think about it,” she said.
Andrews also lived in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, where he had lived since he was a child.
“It is hard to know what is real and what is not real, but there are things in life that are real and there are other things that are not,” Sarah Andrews told ABC.
“My father was very kind and generous and always thought that everyone was doing good things for him.”