Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated British war photographer was killed by Colonel Gaddifi’s troops in the Libyan city of Misrata yesterday.
41-year-old Hetherington was reporting on the humanitarian crisis in the Libyan city when he and three other photographers, allegedly were attacked by forces loyal to Gaddafi.
The group of photographers are believed to have been deliberately targeted.
Hetherington died at the scene.
Chris Hondros, an American photographer who worked for Getty Images, received treatment but later died from his wounds caused by the mortar attack.
The other two photographers were also injured, and are treated in hospital.
A message from Tim Hetherington’s family on Vanity Fair’s website read:
“It is with great sadness we learned that our son and brother, photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, was killed today in Misrata, Libya by a rocket-propelled grenade.”
“Tim will be remembered for his amazing images and his Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo, which he co-produced with his friend Sebastian Junger.
“Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed.”
Hetherington’s war documentary Restrepo, about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year.
The film also won an award at last year’s Sundance Film festival.
Last year, Tim Hetherington appeared on the PBS news channel discussing Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta and talking about his new book, Infadel.
And here’s a scene from Hetherington’s documentary, Restrepo.