We are saddened to report the untimely death of 41-year-old photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, recently nominated for an Academy Award for his feature documentary "Restrepo," which also won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
"Restropo" was a visceral, fly-on-the-wall look at a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, where they are subjected to intense daily fire, all covered from Hetherington's unflinching camera. It takes its name from Private Juan "Doc" Restrepo, the first member of the platoon killed during their deployment.
Like Restropo, Hetherington was also felled while in the line of duty, as CNN reports he was killed in Libya's besieged city of Misrata covering the war-torn area.
This happened several hours ago when a mortar attack by rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) killed Hetherington and at least one other photographer, wounding others.
Hetherington had just Tweeted yesterday: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO." Vanity Fair, where he and "Restrepo" co-director Sebastian Junger did much of their Afghanistan coverage, reports a recent e-mail he sent to an editor stating, “Am currently in misrata - would have made interesting article with SJ.”
Though born in the U.K., he held dual British and US citizenship, and was based in Brooklyn, NY.
Hetherington's other films included 2004's "Liberia: An Uncivil War" and 2007's "The Devil Came on Horseback." His latest was a short called "Diary," a personal inventory culled from ten years worth of field footage. The remarkable "Restrepo" can currently be seen on Netflix Instant.