Michel du Cille: Three Time Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Dies

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Michel du Cille dies at 58. (Photo credit: Indiana University)

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Michel du Cille dies at 58. (Photo credit: Indiana University)

The Washington Post is reporting that celebrated photographer Michel du Cille, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer has died. It is being reported that du Cille, born in Kingston, Jamaica, died of a heart attack while on assignment for The Washington Post in Liberia. Matt Schudel of The Washington Post writes:

“Michel du Cille, a Washington Post photojournalist who was a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his dramatic images of human struggle and triumph, and who recently chronicled the plight of Ebola patients and the people who cared for them, died Thursday ( while on assignment for The Post in Liberia. He was 58.

He collapsed while returning on foot from a village in the Salala district of Liberia’s Bong County, where he had been working on a project. He was transported over dirt roads to a hospital two hours away but was declared dead on arrival of an apparent heart attack.

Mr. du Cille won two Pulitzer Prizes for photography with the Miami Herald in the 1980s and joined The Post in 1988. In 2008, he shared his third Pulitzer, with Post reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull, for an investigative series on the treatment of veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

‘Michel had returned to Liberia on Tuesday after a four-week break that included showing his photographs at the Addis Foto Fest in Ethi­o­pia,’ Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron said in a statement to the newspaper’s staff.'”

Born in 1956 in Kingston, Jamaica, du Cille moved with his family to the state of Georgia in the 1970s, where he began his career as a photographer at the Gainesville Times. He graduated from Indiana University in 1981 and received a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1994.He is survived by his wife, Post photographer Nikki Kahn, and two children from a previous marriage. He was 58.Read more at The Washington Post.  Read du Cille’s obituary at Legacy.com.
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