Oscar-Nominated Director Killed In Libya
Posted on Wed Apr 20, 2011 03:03 PM PDT

Hetherington200.jpgLos Angeles, California (X17online) - Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed Wednesday in Misrata, Libya. He was 41.

Hetherington was working as a photojournalist on a freelance assignment in Misrata, which has been one of the most dangerous areas in the ongoing Libyan rebellion.

The filmmaker was nominated for an Oscar this year for "Restrepo," a documentary for which he and co-director Sebastian Junger spent a year with a platoon that was battling the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Hetherington was also known for working on ABC's Nightline.

Getty photographer Chris Hondros died from a brain injury sustained in the same attack and several other journalists were injured, reports the New York Times.

Hetherington's family said in a statement, "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."

The Hollywood Reporter has a quote from ABC News' James Goldston: "Tim was one of the bravest photographers and filmmakers I have ever met," Goldston said. "During his shooting for the Nightline specials he very seriously broke his leg on a night march out of a very isolated forward operating base that was under attack. He had the strength and character to walk for four hours through the night on his shattered ankle without complaint and under fire, enabling that whole team to reach safety."