Photojournalist Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington in Afghanistan during work on "Restrepo."

Tim Hetherington, acclaimed photojournalist and filmmaker, and co-director of “Restrepo” was killed Wednesday covering the ongoing conflict in Libya, along with fellow photojournalist Chris Hondros.

His final update on Twitter read, “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscrimate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

More details are available on and elsewhere.

Tim Kelly, President of National Geographic Society released the following statement:

“National Geographic is devastated by the tragic news of Tim Hetherington’s death in Libya. This is a sad and terrible day. We join the community of dedicated photojournalists and documentarians around the world who are mourning his loss.”

Listen to an interview with Tim Hetherington about his work on “Restrepo” from NG Weekend:

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