New York Times Reporter Anthony Shadid Dies On Assignment in Syria

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid died of an asthma attack while on assignment in Syria yesterday. He was only 43 years old.

LA Observed got a hold of NYT editor Jill Abramson’s memo to staff. It reads in part:

I have heartbreaking news. Anthony Shadid, our brilliant and beloved colleague, has died, apparently of an asthma attack, while reporting inside Syria. Anthony, accompanied by Tyler Hicks, was on his way out of the country, heading toward the border to Turkey, when he suffered the attack. Tyler carried Anthony out of Syria into Turkey.

Shadid once worked as news editor of the AP bureau in Los Angeles. He came to the Times in 2009 after a long stint at the Washington Post–where he won two Pulitzers. The Times nominated him again this year for his reporting on Egypt and the Arab Spring.