Journalist Anthony Shadid, 43, dies in Syria


Anthony Shadid, 43, died while reporting in Syria on Thursday. (Photo via nytimes.com)

Anthony Shadid, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, died of an apparent asthma attack in Syria on Thursday. He was 43-years-old.

Shadid’s father told AP that his son suffered from asthma all of his life and carried medication with him.

Times photographer Tyler Hicks was with Shadid at the time of his death. The two men had been smuggled into the country via the border with Turkey.

“I stood next to him and asked if he was O.K., and then he collapsed,” Mr. Hicks said. “He was not conscious and his breathing was very faint and very shallow.” After a few minutes, he said, “I could see he was no longer breathing.”

Hicks attempted to revive Shadid using cardiopulmonary resuscitation for 30 minutes, but was unsuccessful.

Over his two-decade career, Mr. Shadid reported for AP, The Washington Post and the Boston Globe. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 2004, and then again in 2010, for his coverage in Iraq.

An American of Lebanese descent, Shadid was also the author of three books, including “House of Stone,” due out this March.

The Times published an excerpt from his new work in the correspondent’s obituary. It describes the aftermath of the July 2006 War in Lebanon.

“Some suffering cannot be covered in words,” he wrote. “This had become my daily fare as reporter in the Middle East documenting war, its survivors and fatalities, and the many who seem a little of both.

“In the Lebanese town of Qana, where Israeli bombs caught their victims in the midst of a morning’s work, we saw the dead standing, sitting, looking around.

“The village, its voices and stories, plates and bowls, letters and words, its history, had been obliterated in a few extended moments that splintered a quiet morning.”

Anthony Shadid leaves behind a wife, Nada Bakri, and a son and daughter.

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