It’s being reported that Tim Hetherington, co-director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Restrepo, has been killed in a mortar attack while working in Libya.
Hetherington was with a group of photo journalists who were all injured in the attack, including Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, whose wounds are said to be “grave.” (UPDATE: It’s now been confirmed that Mr. Hondros has also passed away)
Details are still coming out as they are learned. You can keep track of updates the second they come around by following someone like NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin on Twitter.
Below you can see a video made by ABC News about the tragedy, as well as the trailer for Restrepo.
Speaking of Twitter, Hetherington’s final post to the social networking site was made on April 19th, and acts as a haunting reminder of the chaos still going on in Libya, which ultimately resulted in his death earlier today. It read “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”
In addition to Restrepo, Hetherington did work for ABC’s Nightline and was a cinematographer on the documentaries Liberia: An Uncivil War and The Devil Came on Horseback. He had a new film he directed titled Diary in post-production.