Asthma Attack Kills Famed NYT Reporter

Anthony Shadid snuck into Syria to cover uprising
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2012 3:44 AM CST
In this April 7, 2011 file photo, New York Times Beirut Bureau Chief Anthony Shadid discusses his capture by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

(Newser) – One of the world's great foreign correspondents has died while covering the Syrian uprising. Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent, died from an apparent asthma attack a week after slipping across the border from Turkey to gather information on the resistance movement. Times photographer Tyler Hicks was with him and carried his body back to Turkey. Shadid, 43, covered the Middle East for nearly 20 years and was shot in the West Bank in 2002 and kidnapped in Libya last year.

"Anthony was one of our generation's finest reporters," Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger said in a statement. "He was also an exceptionally kind and generous human being. He brought to his readers an up-close look at the globe's many war-torn regions, often at great personal risk. We were fortunate to have Anthony as a colleague, and we mourn his death." Shadid leaves a wife and two children. (Read more Anthony Shadid stories.)

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