Three other photographers were hurt in the incident that killed him, according to news reports. Panos Pictures, which employed Hetherington, confirmed that the photographer’s family had been notified.
“We’re still trying to figure out front lines or house,” said CSPR agency president Cathy Saypol in reference to where he was when killed. “The only thing we know is that he was hit by an RPG with the other guys.” An RPG is a rocket-propelled grenade.
Hetherington’s last Twitter entry appears to have been made on Tuesday: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”