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- 17th February 2012, 07:50 AM #1
New York Times man dies in Syria
17 February 2012 Last updated at 02:35 ETAnthony Shadid (centre front) on assignment in Egypt during the 2011 revolution
New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, who twice won the Pulitzer Prize, has died on assignment in Syria.
The 43-year-old is believed to have suffered an asthma attack triggered by an allergic reaction.
An American of Lebanese descent, Mr Shadid covered the US invasion of Iraq and its aftermath for the Washington Post newspaper.
He won his Pulitzers in 2004 and 2010, and was nominated for his coverage of the Arab uprisings in 2011.
Mr Shadid, a fluent Arabic speaker, was one of three NYT journalists who were held for more than a week by the Gaddafi government in Libya during the uprising there in March last year.
NYT executive editor, Jill Abramson, said: "Anthony died as he lived - determined to bear witness to the transformation sweeping the Middle East."
Mr Shadid had been gathering material inside Syria before falling ill.
Photographer and colleague Tyler Hicks said they were walking behind some horses towards the Syria-Turkey border when Mr Shadid began to show symptoms, which developed into what proved to be a fatal attack.
Mr Hicks then carried his body into neighbouring Turkey.
Article Source : BBC News
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