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Photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, who filmed the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, was killed today while photographing the conflict in Libya. He was 41.

He had been actively posting to Twitter, and yesterday, wrote, “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

Human Rights Watch’s Peter N. Bouckaert told Vanity Fair, “Tim died about two hours ago. Three other journalists were also hit [in an] R.P.G. attack, one being Getty photographer Chris Hondros [who was seriously wounded]; photographer Guy Martin, of the Panos Agency, who is in very serious condition; and a freelancer, Michael Brown, who is slightly wounded.”

Vanity Fair notes that “Hetherington was widely respected by his peers for his bravery and camaraderie. His imaginative, even artistic, approach to photojournalistic subjects led to many honors.”

Restrepo documented a year Hetherington and Sebastian Junger spent in Afghanistan, embedded with a platoon (watch its trailer here). That time also was chronicled in Junger’s book War, and the documentary, which is on DVD, aired on TV last fall.