Former New York Times executive editor remembers colleague Anthony Shadid

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Anthony Shadid, far left, poses with other New York Times colleagues who were captured in Libya during that country's revolution last year. Shadid died in Syria Thursday, covering another country's revolution. (Photo courtesy of Turkish foreign

Anthony Shadid, long-time Middle East correspondent for The New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, died in Syria Thursday, while covering the revolution there.

Shadid, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, died of an apparent asthma attack in the war-torn country. A photographer he was traveling with carried his body out of the country and into Turkey on Thursday, the Times reported. Shadid snuck into the country on horseback and planned to leave the same way. According to the Associated Press, the horses may have triggered his asthma.

But while this incident took his life, Shadid was no stranger to tight situations. He was arrested and abused by pro-government militias in Libya while reporting there during that country's revolution last year. His editor at the time was Bil Keller, who stepped down as Times editor late last year but continues to write for the paper.

Times Correspondent Anthony Shadid Dies in Syria
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