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Renowned News Photographer Horst Faas Dies

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In this undated file photo, Associated Press photographer Horst Faas is shown on assignment with soldiers in South Vietnam.

In this undated file photo, Associated Press photographer Horst Faas is shown on assignment with soldiers in South Vietnam.

Two-time Pulitzer-prize-winning German photographer Horst Faas, known for his Vietnam War coverage, has died. He was 79 years old.

Faas died Thursday in Munich, where he had been hospitalized since February.

He covered the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1974 and won a Pulitzer award in 1965 for his war photography. He won a second Pulitzer in 1972 for his coverage of the conflict in Bangladesh,


A native of Germany, Faas joined the Associated Press in 1956. As chief of photo operations for the U.S.-based news agency in Saigon -- now Ho Chi Minh City -- Faas decided in 1972 to release the controversial picture of a badly burned, naked little Vietnamese girl fleeing an aerial napalm attack down a road. The photo was taken by Huynh Cong Ut and also won a Pulitzer.

Faas fell ill in Hanoi in 2005 and became paralyzed from the waist down. His health began to seriously deteriorate in late 2008, and was in Munich for treatment.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.
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