New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner died on Thursday while reporting from the war torn region of Syria. It’s believed that the 43-year-old writer passed away after suffering a massive asthma attack that may have been triggered by the horses being used by his guides.
Following his death Tyler Hicks, a Times photographer carried Shadid’s lifeless body over the countries border into Turkey.
Shadid was carrying medication for his asthma and according to his party he began showing asthma related symptoms on Thursday morning.
Anthony had suffered a similar less life threatening asthma episode last week when his group met up with men on horseback as they entered the country.
Syrian officials allow very little press access into the region and the New York Times had not told Syrian officials that he was in the country to cover the Syrian resistance.
Shadid has covered various regions of the Middle East for almost two decades as a reporter for the The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Associated Press.
Aside from his work as a journalist Shadid had also written the book “House of Stone,” which is set to be published next month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt along with two other books, “Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats and the New Politics of Islam” and “Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War.”
Shadid is survived by his wife and two children.
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