Tim Hetherington, a well-known British photojournalist, was killed in Misurata, Libya, while covering the civil war in that country, the UK Foreign Office stated.
Hetherington had won a World Press Photo of the Year award for his coverage of the Afghanistan conflicts and also made well-received film documentaries.
He was reportedly killed by a mortar round while on the front line. An American colleague Chris Hondros was seriously wounded in the attack.
Hetherington is believed to be the first British victim of the war in Libya.
Misurata, the only rebel-controlled town in western Libya, had been under a brutal siege by forces loyal to Moammar Gaddafi.
According to reports, Hetherington’s last note on Twitter stated: “In besieged Libyan city of Misurata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of Nato.”
Hetherington, 40,was born in Liverpool, and had dual British and American citizenship.
He spent eight years in West Africa, covering the Liberian and Sierra Leone civil wars there, before going to Afghanistan.
His first film, Restrepo, which was about the lives of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, was nominated for an Oscar last year.