'Restrepo' Co-Director Tim Hetherington Reportedly Killed in Libya

April 20, 2011
Source: New York Times

Tim Hetherington

Some sad news was rumored this morning as Business Insider picked up on a since removed Facebook status update from photographer Andre Liohn saying that a group of photographers, including Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington, had been killed in Libya. The New York Times has since learned more about the situation and has confirmed that Hetherington has indeed died after a rocket propelled grenade exploded near photographers on the frontlines in the city of Misurata. Meanwhile, the rest of the photographers seem to be alive but in varying health conditions after the attack. Check NY Times for more.

If anyone has seen the Oscar nominated documentary chronicling a year with one platoon in a deadly valley in Afghanistan, then you know how close to military action these photographers would get.  Hetherington's film (which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger) won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive much praise and accolades before being nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the most recent Academy Awards. This truly is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to Tim Hetherington's friends and family at this difficult time and we hope the rest of the injured photographers are able to recover from this ordeal.

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A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018



A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


That's terrible.

Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011


I'm thankful for people like this that put their lives on the line to do what they love and to bring us images that we would otherwise never see. My thanks to him, and all of those risking it all.

Jace on Apr 20, 2011


A great loss, Godspeed Tim, Godspeed

Ryan on Apr 20, 2011


Another brave report lost. I hope his family is well, or as well ask can be considering this tragic loss.

Johnny Neat on Apr 20, 2011


It's a damn shame.....This is indeed sad news

Chris A. on Apr 20, 2011


RIP ....

shero on Apr 20, 2011


Aww man, this is terrible. =( Jace already said everything I had on my mind regarding these tragic news.

Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011


So tragic! I extend my deepest condolences to his family! RIP, Tim.

Spider on Apr 20, 2011


That's heavy stuff, I always find it crazy that journalists go so deep into the war zones and take such risks. Inspirational. Sad news though, RIP.

Crapola on Apr 21, 2011


Bloody hell dam the bastard who fired the RPG.

Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011


Misurata is where the story is. RIP.

Dinosarajevo on Apr 21, 2011


RIP. I really enjoyed watching Restrepo, hope he died doing something that he loves.

Jman571 on Apr 22, 2011

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