Tim Hetherington, who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, was killed in Libya Wednesday, the New York Times reports. At least three other journalists were wounded by the blast, which is believed to have been caused by a mortar round in the city of Misurata:
Misurata, Libya's third largest city, has been cut off by land from the rest of Libya by military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. It has been the scene of intensive, close-quarters fighting for weeks. Hundreds of Libyans have been confirmed killed.
The photographers had reached the city's port on a sea voyage from Benghazi, the rebel capital. The early reports said they had been working together near the front lines when they were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
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Directed by Hetherington, who is also an award-winning conflict photographer and producer for ABC's Nightline, and Sebastian Junger, Restrepo followed a year in the lives of a platoon of American soldiers in one of the deadliest areas of Afghanistan. Though it lost the Oscar last year to Inside Job, the film earned rave reviews, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and is one of the rare documentaries to gross more than $1 million at the box office.
Here is the trailer:
This is Hetherington's ominous last tweet, which was sent out sometime yesterday:
The Atlantic's Jim Fallows has two suggestions for those who wish to honor Hetherington.