Update 6:04 p.m.: Chris Hondros has died, according to an update from the Times' C.J. Chivers. Hondros suffered "devastating brain trauma." Another photographer, Guy Martin, was also gravely wounded but following surgery "his prospects had improved." A fourth photographer, Michael Christopher Brown, was injured but is expected to recover.
Update 2:23 p.m.: The condition of Chris Hondros is not certain. ABC News has changed its report to read: "It was unclear whether a second photographer Chris Hondros also died in the attack." And The New York Times' Libyan correspondent C.J. Chivers reported: "The wounds to two of the photographers — Chris Hondros and Guy Martin — were grave, according to a colleague at the triage center where they were being treated Wednesday night. Their prospects for survival were not immediately clear."
Update 2 p.m.: The BBC has reported that "two western journalists" had died and two had been injured, but it did not name them. It pointed to its story with a tweet that read, "Doctors at #Misrata hospital say a second journalist has died and a further two are injured." Meanwhile, Yahoo News media reporter Joe Pompeo has beentweeting updates from the Associated Press: "AP 'investigating reports that 4 foreign photojournalists have been wounded in fighting in... Libya, and at least 1 believed to have died.' " But he urges caution in reporting, saying, "slow down everyone!"
Update 1:45 p.m.: ABC News, for which Hetherington worked as a Nightline photographer, is confirming the deaths. Hondros and Hetherington were killed in a mortar attack in which injured three other journalists, "including Andre Leon and Michael Brown. The identity of the fifth reporter has not yet been confirmed."
Early reports say two journalists have been killed in Libya while covering the civil war there. Documentarian Tim Hetherington, who was nominated for an Oscar for Restrepo, and Pulitzer prize-nominated war photographer Chris Hondros have both been reportedly killed during fighting.
The news first appeared on the Facebook page of Andre Liohn in a note that reads "Sad news Tim Hetherington died in Misrata now when covering the front line. Chris Hondros is in a serious status. Michel Brown and Guy are wounded but fine," according to Business Insider. An update notes Hondros's death.
Restrepo, which came out in 2010, documents a platoon of U.S. soldiers over the course of a year in Afghanistan. Hondros was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography in 2004. Both won and were nominated for myriad other awards in their field. We'll keep you updated with more details as they become available.
Chris Hondros spent Wednesday taking some harrowing photos of close-contact fighting in Misrata for Getty Images. Below, a five-part series illustrates the danger he faced. Captions are all from Getty Images.
MISRATA, LIBYA - APRIL 20: Libyan rebel fighter rolls a burning tire into a room containing ensconced government loyalist troops who were firing on them during house-to-house fighting on Tripoli Street in downtown Misrata April 20, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. Rebel forces assaulted the downtown positions of troops loyal to Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi April 20, briefly forcing them back over a key bridge and trapping several in a building that fought back instead of surrendering, firing on the rebels in the building and seriously wounding two of them during the standoff. Fighting continues between Libyan government forces that have surrounded the city and anti-government rebels ensconced there. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
MISRATA, LIBYA - APRIL 20: Libyan rebel fighters discuss how to dislodge some ensconced government loyalist troops who were firing on them from the next room.
MISRATA, LIBYA - APRIL 20: A libyan rebel fighter runs up a burning stairwell during an effort to dislodge some ensconced government loyalist troops.
MISRATA, LIBYA - APRIL 20: A Libyan rebel fighter fires into a basement during an effort to dislodge some ensconced government loyalist troops.
MISRATA, LIBYA - APRIL 20: A Libyan rebel fighter covers a burning room containing ensconced government loyalist troops.
Here's a short film by Tim Hetherington. According to Storyful, he said of it: "'Diary' is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media."