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Oscar Nominated Director KILLED In Libya

4/20/2011 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: The Hetherington family just sent a statement saying, "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 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."

Documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington -- who was nominated for an Oscar for the Afghanistan war movie "Restrepo" -- was killed today while working on a project in Libya.

Tim Hetherington Libya

According to reports, three photogs who were working with Hetherington were also injured in a skirmish between rebels and government forces ... including one man who suffered a critical brain injury.

The group was reportedly hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

Hetherington was reportedly rushed to a hospital with extensive shrapnel wounds -- but he was already dead by the time he arrived.

Hetherington was 41-years-old.


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MyOpinionOnly    

That's so awful. My heart and condolensences go out to his family and friends.

1192 days ago
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Jack    

RIP

1192 days ago
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kar    

God Bless his family

1192 days ago
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tom    

RIP restrepo was an amazing do***entary.

1192 days ago
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Jack    

sloppy seconds, that's an educated opinion. You know it's never too late to get your GED.

1192 days ago
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Criss    

That's terrible.

1192 days ago
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lil harvey    

This is truly sad. RIP Tim.

1192 days ago
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yeah    

A war zone is no place for tourists.

1192 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

thats why war is for soldiers ,not newsmen or filmmakers

1192 days ago
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kris    

So, so sad. I watched his do***entary and thought it was incredible. He was following his passion, but hearing news about a death like his is so tragic. Why does someone like this die and someone like Charlie Sheen live? I don't get it.

1192 days ago
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myliverhurts    

TMZ censorship is mildly retarded just look above. Can't even have the word c-u-m in do***entary.

1192 days ago
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Griffin    

I am sorry to hear that. He was so young. My brother-in-law died on Christmas Eve at age 43. Such tragic losses of men who had so much more living to do.

I think it makes the most sense to stay away from that region. It is literally a war zone and you need to think about what your priorities are; to remain alive and well or to "get the story". I appreciate the importance of accurate journalism but there is really nothing to learn here except that Libya is engaged in a civil war with all the horrors that go along with war.

1192 days ago
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Lori    

My sincere condolences to his family. If you have not seen this do***entary? YOU MUST.

He knew the risks of entering a war zone and there were several times that he admitted he took chances, but made it through.

Restrepo is one of the best examples of what REALLY is going on with our military men and women. It should have won that Oscar.

1192 days ago
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Marinemom    

Jack - you're an idiot. If you don't like what Sloppy Seconds had to say why don't you keep it to you friggin self!? MILLIONS of other share his opinion - no one should be over in that mess filming unless they are hardened general media journalists who know they take their chances when reporting from war zones. I am very saddened this happened BUT this man should NOT have been there right now - my opinion and that of others. If you don't like it - get over yourself or go get your OWN friggin GED you a-hole.

1192 days ago
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Lori    

TheRock 15 minutes ago

He should have called them f**gots to buy himself some more time. If that didn't work, he should have resorted to ni**er which would have bought even more time. At this point, his lunatic azzz should have been in a tank blowing up women and children!!!!
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Good GOD Rock...do you EVER write anything of consequence? Seriously...do you have mental problems, I'm truly think you do.

What in the HELL is you post about? Take your pill, stop foaming at the mouth and make some damn sense you tool.

1192 days ago
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