Report By: Nina Rai
April 22, 2011: By now the whole world is aware thatHetherington (41), renowned British photographer along-with his journalist colleague Chris Hondros of New York was killed in a mortar attack in civil war-torn Libya. Now a hauntingly heart-wrenching picture of Hetherington has surfaced, of the last day of his life.
Hetherington was a most celebrated and respected photographer of his fraternity. In-fact, he had been named “World Press Photographer” of the year four times and had even been an Oscar nominee. Like many of his colleagues, he didn’t hesitate to place himself right in the middle of a conflict zone in the name of photography. Such was his dedication and relentless pursuit to document authentic account of war and it impact on the world.
Unfortunately for him, this very zest of his cost him his life. A poignant picture of his last moments, has now been released to the world. He is seen in the photograph being helped by Libyan rebels, as he clambered down a ramshackle building, even as gun-shots rained inside the building by Gadaffi’s loyalist forces in the besieged city of Misrata.
This rare picture was taken just a few hours before Herington was killed in the city, while covering the war zone. Meanwhile Hetherington's girlfriend, Idil Ibrahim is heart-broken. She who had in-fact lovingly nick-named her man the 'Timinator', told the media that she was completely shattered by his death.
It may be re-called Hetherington was covering the civil war in Libyan city of Misrata, along with three other photographers. The group unfortunately, came within the range of the relentless mortar attack by Gadaffis royalists. While Hetherington died on the spot, the New York-based photographer Hondros who was also there, died later while being treated at the hospital for his wounds.
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