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Jamaican-born US photojournalist collapses, dies in Ebola-hit Liberia

Published:Thursday | December 11, 2014 | 8:15 PM

Jamaican-born photojournalist at the Washington Post, Michel duCille, died today while on assignment in the Ebola-hit Liberia.

The 58-year-old man returned to the West African country on Tuesday, after a four-week break.

His death was confirmed in statements published a short while ago by executive editor at the media company, Martin Baron, and chief executive officer, Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

"I am deeply saddened to report that Michel du Cille died Thursday afternoon while in Liberia documenting the tragedy of Ebola,” said Baron.

He added: "Michel collapsed during a strenuous hike on the way back from a village where he and Justin Jouvenal were reporting. He remained unconscious, and was taken to a nearby clinic, where he had difficulty breathing. He was then transported to Phebe hospital, two hours away, where he was declared dead by doctors."

The executive editor said: "We are all heartbroken. We have lost a beloved colleague and one of the world’s most accomplished photographers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michel’s wife and fellow Post photographer Nikki Kahn, and his two children."

"Michel died at 58 doing the work he loved. He was completely devoted to the story of Ebola, and he was determined to stay on the story despite its risks. That is the sort of courage and passion he displayed throughout his career." said Barron.

The Jamaican-born journalist earned three Pulitzer prizes throughout his career.

He joined The Post in 1988 as picture editor.

He is reported to have credited his initial interest in photography to his father.‎