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Photojournalist’s Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros killed, others severely injured in Libya

Chris Hondros

Update at 6:16 p.m. ET: The New York Times reports that Chris Hondros has died of the wounds he suffered in the attack that killed Restrepo photographer/c0-director Tim Hetherington and wounded two others.

Update at 4:34 p.m. ET:  AP reports that Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer for Getty Images who was wounded in the attack that killed Tim Hetherington, is on a respirator and in critical condition. A colleague told the New York Timesthat Hondros suffered a severe brain injury.

The 41-year-old Hondros has covered combat since the late 1990s, including conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. His work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers, including USA TODAY.

Photojournalist Tim Hetherington has been killed in a mortar attack in Misurata, Libya, while three other photographers – Chris Hondros, Guy Martin reportedly in grave condition, and Michael Christopher Brown – were injured

The British Journal of Photography   April 20, 2011

Tim Heatherington

British photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington has been killed while covering the conflict in Libya.

Fellow photographer André Liohn reported the news on his Facebook page with this message: “Sad news Tim Hetherington died in Misrata now when covering the front line. Chris Hondros is in a serious status. Michel Brown and Guy are wounded but fine.” BJP can confirm that Guy Martin, a young British photographer, was wounded in the attack.

In the comments that followed, Liohn – who said he was at the hospital with both photographers – added that Hondros had later also died.

Alison Crombie, Getty Images’ vice president for communications, tells BJP that the agency is still trying to get confirmation of Hondros’ condition. Hondros has been a regular Getty Images photographer. “We are trying to get accurate information,” she says. “We believe he’s at the Misurata hospital, but things are very chaotic out there at the moment.”

While Agence France Presse and the Associated Press have announced that Hondros has also died in the attack, BJP has yet to receive official confirmation of his death. The New York Times announced earlier this evening that Hondros suffered serious brain injury and was clinging to life.

The Guardian reports that “according to colleagues at the scene, Hetherington and Hondros were among a group of about eight or 10 journalists reporting from the bridge on Tripoli Street in Misrata on Wednesday afternoon, regarded as the frontline between rebels and Gaddafi’s forces. When shooting broke out, the group split in two. Hetherington’s group of five journalists took shelter against a wall, which was then hit by mortar or RPG fire.”

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