Anthony Shadid
Anthony Shadid Al-Arabiyya screen shot

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid has died in Syria. Shadid, 43, is believed to have died of an asthma attack.

He was well known for his coverage of Middle East affairs, including the war in Iraq. He won Pulitzer prizes in 2004 and 2010, and was nominated again in 2011 for his coverage of uprisings in the Arab world. He had worked for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Associated Press in addition to the Times.

During his coverage of fighting in Libya last year, Shadid was taken captive by the Qaddafi government and was held for several days.

At the time of his death he was covering news from Syria, where the Assad regime has been brutally repressing a massive uprising. He had been gathering information on the resistance movement, including the Free Syrian Army.

Last year Shadid wrote on Syria and noted that President Bashar Assad could heat up the border with Israel in an attempt to stem the uprising.

“Anthony died as he lived – determined to bear witness to the transformation sweeping the Middle East and to testify to the suffering of people caught between government oppression and opposition forces,” said a statement New York Times editor Jill Abramson.

Shadid is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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