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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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31.

fran    

I meant to add prayers for the other ones with Tim..I pray all of them make it...and please note ..I dont think a oscar is worth the death of any of you..........

1245 days ago
32.

svizzy    

he was there to do a docu to make money now he's dead. can happen if you go there. rip

1245 days ago
33.

lisa2    

Tragic.

1245 days ago
34.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

obviously you have never been to the middle east....

1245 days ago
35.

Rottweiler    

We should have never started a war with Libya but of course the "deity" answers to no one especially Hollywood. I know, I know it is Bush's fault. Rest in peace and hopefully we won't be spending 50 billion every two weeks for war materials even though we are told we are not engaged in war.

Not a lemming...

1245 days ago
36.

messenger69    

This guy supported the troop to the end. Restrepo is a must see!! His work will be missed.

RIP

1245 days ago
37.

KAC    

very sad! restrepo was an excellent film. may he rest in peace.

1245 days ago
38.

Omniscience    

Unfortunately for him, his parents forgot to educate him on the non-importance of 3rd world countries in realitavity of being an American. Then again he probably had such an ego, like all world media reporters, he thought he could make a difference through meaningless 3rd world media disclosure. For those who DO care about 3rd world countries, this is another victory in the name of violence and blood shed. I'd prefer to watch "Scarface" or other sources of theatrical entertainment that require tallent and business saviness. The day media stops focusing on worthless reportings of 3rd world issues,leaving them to the government and military, "we" as a country can hopefully focus resolution within our country and redevelop the major issues that continue to cripple the already effected evolution of our once great nation. When Donald Trump becomes president, we will begin to thrive as a greedy nation once again. Not sure about you, but I'd rather be "winning" then on the bottom. You world peace/"one equal world" hopefulls need to understand.. world equality will NEVER happen..NEVER. These private/non-profit organizations only feed the pockets of media and business savy individuals..like me, who need large corporate write-offs. If you disagree..do some deep duediligence. As for TIMMY, RIP fellow colleague. You could have made it bigger and lasted longer right here in your own back yard, and you still would have been loved.

1245 days ago
39.

More Cowbell    

Omniscience....I'd like to send your parents a letter of condolence for being your parents. Your sole quest for greed is disturbing. Btw, your ego could crush a 3rd world nation on its own.

1245 days ago
40.

LLV    

GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE

1245 days ago
41.

ghfghfg    

This is so sad. Noone with blue eyes or blonde hair should be over there, REALLY. They do not like them at ALL.

1245 days ago
42.

asstird    

It is uncomforting to know that while people like this
man are working day and night to produce peace, thousands
more are coming to kill us. I would like to bring to
remembrance Solomon from the Bible who in all his wisdom
obtained world peace for 40 years. Rest in peace Tim.

1245 days ago
43.

sky    

Such a waste of a hottie. with all due respect.

1245 days ago
44.

Steve    

Play with fire and you get burned

1245 days ago
45.

KRISHNA    

is it war,uprising,or simple fun of killings human people ? we loss great people who works for mankind ?
God Bless his family

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