Restrepo Director Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya [Update]

HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 29: Director Tim Hetherington arrives at the 63rd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on January 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tim Hetherington Photo: Frederick M. Brown/2011 Getty Images

Startling news is coming out of Libya that documentarian Tim Hetherington — who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo with Sebastian Junger — was killed in Misrata while chronicling the fight between Muammar Qaddafi's forces and Libyan rebels. Photographer André Liohn, who is currently in Libya, confirmed the death of Hetherington and Pulitzer Prize–nominated photojournalist Chris Hondros on his Facebook account, adding "when they arrived [at the hospital] no one even had their names. I hope that with this post their families can get notified." Hetherington (long a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair) had a reputation for fearlessly plunging into dangerous situations for a story, as in last year's Restrepo, where he and Junger were embedded with troops fighting in Afghanistan. UPDATE: ABC News confirms the story. [André Liohn/Facebook via Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire]