MEDIA
02/16/2012 11:51 pm ET Updated Apr 17, 2012

Anthony Shadid Dead: Journalism World Pays Tribute To Beloved Correspondent

The sudden, heartbreaking death of New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid prompted an outpouring of grief from his fellow journalists.

The 43-year-old Shadid, who died of an asthma attack while reporting in Syria on Thursday, was about as respected and revered as it is possible for a reporter to be. This was reflected in the tributes paid to him, as journalist after journalist called him a hero, an icon or a friend.

New York Times editor Jill Abramson sent out this email to staffers about the news:

I have heartbreaking news. Anthony Shadid, our brilliant and beloved colleague, has died, apparently of an asthma attack, while reporting inside Syria. Anthony, accompanied by Tyler Hicks, was on his way out of the country, heading toward the border to Turkey, when he suffered the attack. Tyler carried Anthony out of Syria into Turkey.

Anthony died as he lived — determined to bear witness to the transformation sweeping the Middle East and to testify to the suffering of people caught between government oppression and opposition forces. He has spent much of his storied career chronicling the Mideast; his empathy for its citizens' struggles and his deep understanding of their culture and history set his writing apart. He was their poet and their champion. His work will stand as a testament.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family tonight: his wife, Nada Bakri; his son and daughter; and his parents.

Below, see some of the other ways Anthony Shadid was remembered.