National Geographic is devastated by the tragic news of Tim Hetherington’s death in Libya. This is a sad and terrible day. We join the community of dedicated photojournalists and documentarians around the world who are mourning his loss.

Our thoughts are also with his family, who just released this statement:

“It is with great sadness we learned that our son and brother, photographer and filmmaker, Tim Hetherington was killed today in Misrata, Libya by a rocket-propelled grenade. Tim will be remembered for his amazing images and his Academy Award nominated documentary “Restrepo” which he co-produced with his friend Sebastian Junger. Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed.”
    – The Hetherington Family

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A fearless photojournalist, Tim had reported on various conflicts for more than 10 years. Below are some of Tim’s incredible photos taken while he joined a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s dangerous Korengal Valley during the filming of Restrepo. Tim co-directed the Oscar-nominated Restrepo with Sebastian Junger, who released the following statement upon receiving the tragic news:

“There is no way to express my devastation and sorrow at the death of my dear friend, Tim Hetherington in Misrata, Libya. Tim was one of the most courageous and principled journalists I have ever known. The good that he accomplished – both with his camera, and simply as a concerned person in some of the most devastated countries in the world – cannot be measured. I can’t believe he is truly gone.”

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