WASHINGTON (December 12, 2014) --The National Association of Black Journalists is stunned to learn of the passing of Pulitzer Prize -winning Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille.
Du Cille died of an apparent heart attack while on assignment in Liberia.
“Michel represents the very best of journalism,” said NABJ President Bob Butler.“I am heartbroken but he was committed to covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia so I’m not surprised he was back working there despite the dangers to his health that presented.”
According to the Post, du Cille collapsed while hiking from a distant village. He was taken to a hospital but never regained consciousness.
His death has sent shockwaves through NABJ.
"Michel was a tough editor, a delicate photographer and a dear friend. I wish he were here right now," said Bryan Monroe, former NABJ President who had known du Cille for more than 25 years and worked with him on the edit of the book "Songs of My People."
"Michel was one of the greatest photojournalists of our times, and he was one of the nicest, down-to-earth people. Just a really good brother,” said Washington Post colleague and former NABJ President Vanessa Williams “He cared deeply about documenting the lives of black people -- the good and the not-so-good -- in other words, he showed our humanity in full. We should all aspire to continue his legacy of honest, intelligent and compassionate journalism."
NABJ sends it condolences to Michel’s family, friends and his colleagues at the Washington Post.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.