21 July 2020 10:42
Michael Brooks has died aged 37 (Picture: YouTube) Michael Brooks, best known as host of progressive political series The Michael Brooks Show and contributer to The Majority Report, has died at the age of 37. The commentator's death was confirmed on the official social media of the web series, stating Brooks died from a 'sudden medical condition'. Host of The Majority Report, Sam Seder, also re-tweeted the news. A lengthy statement on Twitter read: '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. '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. Advertisement 'We hope you join us in honouring him by continuing that work.' The statement went on to add that Brooks' family will release a statement 'in the near future' about how it will continue his work. Rest in power pic.twitter.com/3BSsjnqovJ — TMBS – The Michael Brooks Show (@tmbsfm) July 20, 2020 It added: 'It is impossible to capture the impact he had, and he will be missed sorely. '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 as 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. Brooks is said to have suffered a 'sudden medical condition' 'Now we will honor Michael by treating all humans with respect and dignity. (sic)' Brooks has appeared on political web series The Majority Report since 2013, which posts daily on YouTube, iTunes and Spotify, covering political and cultural issues. In 2017 The Michael Brooks Show was launched, in which the host discussed issues around politics, history and pop culture. As well as hosting and presenting, according to the show's website Brooks was also an analyst on Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post, and he wrote two books, Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right and The Buddha's Playbook, with Josh Summers. ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences Tributes have poured in for political commentator Michael Brooks who has died suddenly aged 37. Brooks was a contributor on award-winning internet radio show The Majority Report, as well the host of his own channel The Michael Brooks Show (TMBS). His death from a "sudden medical condition" was announced in a Twitter statement on Monday night. It read: "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. "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." Brooks began the TMBS series in 2017. Filmed in Brooklyn, New York, and broadcast on YouTube, it saw him discuss history and politics through a satirical lense. In his own words, the programme – which had more than 131,000 subscribers at the time of his death – was "a smart, progressive, irreverent, and funny look at the politics of today". Brooks also appeared as an analyst on Huffington Post, Al Jazeera English and a number of other outlets. In an emotional dedication to his "life and legacy", New York quarterly the Jacobin described him as an "irreplaceable part" of the magazine's family. His friend, journalist Bhaskar Sunkara, wrote: "Michael sought to make the world rather than be made by it, that much is true, but I'll remember more than his politics. I'll remember someone who was deeply human; someone who made an impact in those parts of life which politics never quite solves. "He was all these things, and he was also an ambitious winner, someone who wanted to take on our callous rulers, and help build a just world, one where accidents of birth don't condemn millions to misery. "This loss still feels so surreal. I'll forever miss Michael, for his incredible friendship and his Bill Clinton impression." Former Brazillian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva also paid tribute to the beloved podcaster, sharing a photo of the pair, with the caption: "This year I met this young American, a journalist, who turned out to be a friend, who I thought that we would meet again. How is it possible? "My heart and prayers go to his family and friends. May his passion for social justice be remembered and inspire people around the world." Bernie Sanders's wife Jane shared her own memorial, writing: "This sudden inexplicable loss is so sad. "Michael Brooks's work on behalf of justice, humanity, and peace and his compassionate intelligence was impressive. It will live on through many he inspired. "Sending love and courage to his family and his many friends."