“Restrepo” Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya

It is with great sadness I report: Oscar-nominated Restrepo co-director Tim Hetherington was killed in a mortar attack Wednesday in Misrata, Libya while filming a clash between Libyan rebels and Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Hetherington was scheduled to discuss Restrepo which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger, on FDL Movie Night May 16, and we were honored that he was willing to take the time to join the FDL family and share with us his experiences in Afghanistan and around the world. That he died doing what he loved is no consolation. Tim was a brave, bold, courageous man whose work gave heft and scope and immediacy to the human tragedies he covered.

Hetherington’s credits include The Devil Came on Horseback, documenting the genocide in Darfur, Liberia: An Uncivil War, and Diary, a short film about Hetherington’s work in combat zones, along with pieces from Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley for ABC News’ Nightline. Restrepo won the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Documentary.

We at FDL offer our deep condolences to Tim’s family, friends and colleagues.

[HT: The Hollywood Reporter]

[ed. notes: There are now reports that Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer Chris Hondros was critically injured in the same attack (some say he is in a coma, some say he has died). There is some debate about whether the deadly explosion was caused by a mortar round or a rocket propelled grenade. Our thoughts are with all of those injured in today's attack.]

18 Responses to "“Restrepo” Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya"
Lisa Derrick | Wednesday April 20, 2011 12:49 pm 1

Final tweet RT @TimHetherington: In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.

CTuttle | Wednesday April 20, 2011 01:54 pm 2

This is truly a sad day, Lisa…! R.I.P. Tim…!

oldnslow | Wednesday April 20, 2011 01:55 pm 3

Thanks for the report, Lisa.

Rest In Peace, Tim.

PeasantParty | Wednesday April 20, 2011 01:57 pm 4

Thank you, Lisa.

I caught this news just a few minutes ago and I hope that all of America notices his passing. May he and his family find peace in their hearts.

econobuzz | Wednesday April 20, 2011 01:58 pm 5

Very sad.

speakingupnow | Wednesday April 20, 2011 02:02 pm 6

Thank you for this report. Sad news.

Ruth Calvo | Wednesday April 20, 2011 02:19 pm 7

Tragic loss, and I was listening to his reports less than a week ago. Last tweet was read on msnbc just a few moments ago; ‘No sign of NATO.’

Ruth Calvo | Wednesday April 20, 2011 02:19 pm 8
In response to Ruth Calvo @ 7

Sorry, on CNN.

RoyalOak | Wednesday April 20, 2011 02:21 pm 9

This is a great loss. He was a favorite of my son’s. We watched Restrepo together. It was a magnificient doc.

bluewombat | Wednesday April 20, 2011 02:26 pm 10


scribe | Wednesday April 20, 2011 02:39 pm 11

So sad. May he rest in peace.

As an aside, the confusion over whether it was an RPG or mortar shell may have resulted from translation into English – in some languages the same word is used for explosive shells like mortars or artillery and for RPGs.

mzchief | Wednesday April 20, 2011 02:39 pm 12

Rest in Peace Tim Hetherington. My good thoughts to Chris Hondros.

twolf1 | Wednesday April 20, 2011 03:09 pm 13

The NYT is now saying that Chris Hondros has died.

TarheelDem | Wednesday April 20, 2011 03:53 pm 14

A sad day for real journalism.

These journalists risked their lives to break the information blackout that Gaddafi had imposed on Misurata by putting it under siege. A month ago most organizations evacuated their reporters to safety. Within the past week, reporters and camera crews have returned as the coalition implementing the UN Resolution has been evacuating the wounded and bringing humanitarian relief.

In a world with so few like them, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros will be missed.

onitgoes | Wednesday April 20, 2011 03:57 pm 15

Very sorry to learn this news. Condolences to friends, family and loved ones.

twolf1 | Wednesday April 20, 2011 04:08 pm 16

The following statement was released to Vanity Fair from the family of contributing photographer Tim Hetherington:

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.

sadlyyes | Wednesday April 20, 2011 04:45 pm 17

how many more to die in the OIL WARZ? animals too think Gulf of Mexico

pastfedup | Wednesday April 20, 2011 07:43 pm 18

This is so very tragic. He was a courageous man. Bought Restrepo just over 4 months ago, saw it on a shelf at the bookstore and snapped it up; such a great documentary. Everyone I’ve shared it with has praised it. RIP, Tim Hetherington.

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