April 20th, 2011
08:37 PM ET

Oscar nominee, another photographer killed in Libya

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Oscar nominee Tim Hetherington and acclaimed photojournalist Chris Hondros died Wednesday while chronicling the gritty violence in the war-torn city of Misrata in Libya, their agencies said.

Two other photographers were hurt in the incident, according to news reports.

"The only thing we know is that he (Hetherington) was hit by an RPG with the other guys," said CSPR agency president Cathy Saypol. An RPG is a rocket-propelled grenade.

Hetherington's last Twitter entry appears to have been made on Tuesday: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."

A British native who was based in Brooklyn, New York, Hetherington received an Academy Award nomination this year for "Restrepo," a documentary film he co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger. Employed by Panos Pictures, he also worked in Afghanistan two years ago with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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  1. Mohamed Mussa


    I would like to send my condolences to Tim Hetherington and acclaimed photojournalist Chris Hondros family, friends and colleagues. The American blood has been mixed with our Libyan blood. We are humble for your support.
    Gaddafi gorilla has no morals at all. He had killed a lot of innocent humans, and willing to more to stay in power regardless of the Libyans well.

    April 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Marc

    New York Times journalists imprisioned, journalists lied to and now killed along with numerous civilians. It is time to take "all necessary steps" to put a stop to the Kadafi regime, not just a no fly zone – and sent a message to the world that this will not be tolerated.
    Send in troops – end it – take the lunatic out. It is morally correct.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm |