"Restrepo" director Tim Hetherington killed in Libya: doctors

MISRATA, Libya Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:36pm EDT

1 of 8. Photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington works at a rally in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya, March 25, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Two photojournalists -- Oscar-nominated filmmaker and photographer Tim Hetherington and Getty photographer Chris Hondros -- were killed on Wednesday after coming under fire in the besieged Libyan town of Misrata.

Hetherington, co-director of Afghan war documentary "Restrepo," and Hondros were among a group who came under fire on Tripoli Street, a main thoroughfare and scene of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

Doctors at a hospital in Misrata had said Hetherington had died while Hondros was in critical condition. Getty Images later released a statement saying Hondros had died of his injuries.

Spanish photographer Guillermo Cervera said the group had been trying to leave Tripoli street when they came under fire.

"It was quiet and we were trying to get away and then a mortar landed and we heard explosions," he said.

Hetherington, who won the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year award, co-directed with Sebastian Junger the 2010 documentary "Restrepo," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

His British family issued a statement saying they had learned of his death with great sadness and that he would be remembered "for his amazing images and his Academy Award nominated documentary 'Restrepo.'"

Hondros covered major conflicts including Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq and Liberia, according to his website. He received multiple awards including the 2005 Robert Capa gold medal. His work in Liberia earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

"Chris never shied away from the front line having covered the world's major conflicts throughout his distinguished career and his work in Libya was no exception," Getty said.

(Reporting by Michael Georgy in Misrata and Daniel Trotta in New York; Writing by Myra MacDonald; Editing by Peter Graff)