War photographer, Oscar-nominated film director killed in Libya

08:55, April 21, 2011      

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Photographer Tim Hetherington (R) and writer Sebastian Junger are shown in this undated handout image during an assignment for Vanity Fair Magazine at 'Restrepo' outpost in Afghanistan. Hetherington, the co-director of Oscar-nominated war documentary "Restrepo," died in the besieged Libyan town of Misrata on April 20, 2011, doctors said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Tim Hetherington, an award- winning photographer and Oscar-nominated film director, was killed on Wednesday in Misrata of western Libya while covering fighting between government and rebel forces, media reports said here.

Hetherington, a Briton, was killed inside the rebel-held city, with three other journalists injured, said the reports.

He was working there as a photographer for the American magazine Vanity Fair.

Hetherington, 41, co-directed the documentary film "Restrepo" which was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The movie tells the story of a group of U.S. soldiers stationed at an outpost in northeast Afghanistan.

He also won the World Press Photo of the Year award for his coverages on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Hetherington was born in Liverpool and studied at Oxford University.

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