Anthony Shadid, New York Times correspondent, passes away while on duty in Syria

By on Feb 17, 2012 in Asia, United States Comments

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid passed away in Syria on Thursday, February 16, 2012, after he was reported to have suffered an asthma attack while on a reporting assignment.

Anthony Shadid in April 2011
Image Credit: Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

According to New York Times that day, foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, who won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting twice, in 2004 and 2012, died and his body was carried across the border to Turkey.

As noted in the report, Shadid, 43, had been reporting inside Syria for a week and covering the uprising against its president, Bashar al-Assad, whose military forces allegedly involved in harsh contacts with the opposition.

“I stood next to him and asked if he was O.K., and then he collapsed,” Tyler Hicks, New York Times photographer, who was with Mr. Shadid that time; was quoted in the report.

“He was not conscious and his breathing was very faint and very shallow. I could see he was no longer breathing.” Hicks added, noting he performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 30 minutes hoping to revive him.

Apparently, further details of Shadid‘s death including where he died, were not immediately clear, but Mr. Hicks noted that he noticed some symptoms as both of them were preparing to leave Syria that day.

Shadid, who also worked for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press, is married to Nada Bakri, also a reporter for The New York Times.

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