- Michel du Cille, 58, was a 26-year veteran of The Washington Post
- He died in Libera on assignment covering Ebola outbreak
- He "was one of the people who made the Post the Post," colleague tweets
Legendary photographer Michel du Cille, a 26-year veteran of The Washington Post, unexpectedly died on Thursday while on assignment in Liberia.
The Post said du Cille, 58, collapsed "during a strenuous hike on the way back from a village" affected by the African country's Ebola outbreak. He was traveling with Post correspondent Justin Jouvenal.
"He remained unconscious, and was taken to a nearby clinic, where he had difficulty breathing," the Post said. "He was then transported to Phebe hospital, two hours away, where he was declared dead by doctors."
The news stunned many staffers at the Post, where du Cille was respected and beloved. He was a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honor in print journalism. Post executive editor Marty Baron called du Cille "one of the world's great photographers."
Du Cille's wife, Nikki Kahn, also is a photographer.