Oklahoma City native Anthony Shadid, a New York Times correspondent, dies in Syria
Oklahoma City native and Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid has died in Syria at 43,
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Shadid was on assignment for The Times in Syria when he died “from what appeared to be an asthma attack,” according to The New York Times.
Shadid's father said he received the news about 7 p.m. Thursday that his son had died.
Anthony Shadid was walking with New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks across the
“He's always had asthma,” Shadid said. “He was walking behind horses, which, you know, he is
Buddy said his son had asthma medication with him but was overcome. Hicks attempted to
Hicks and Shadid were among four New York Times journalists reported missing on March 16 in Libya while covering the conflict between the government and rebel forces, according to The Times. They were released to Turkish diplomats by the Libyan government six days later.
Shadid often put his life at risk covering some of the most perilous situations in the world. While a correspondent for The Boston Globe in 2002, he was shot in the shoulder while gathering news in Ramallah, in the West Bank, according to The Times.
There was no hospital around the area where Anthony Shadid fell ill in Syria, his father said.
Buddy Shadid, a retired Oklahoma City dentist, said he didn't know his son was in Syria.
“He's always tried not to tell me whether or not he was going to a dangerous place,” he said.
“The Times always sends him to the hot spots because he's so fluent in Arabic,” Shadid said.
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