Anthony Shadid, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for his coverage of Iraq for the Washington Post, died of an asthma attack yesterday while reporting in Syria for the New York Times. He was 43 years old.

Shadid was a veteran correspondent, working for the AP, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post before moving to the NYT in 2010. Last year, he and three colleagues were captured in Libya by government forces and held for several days before being released. In 2002, he was shot while reporting in Ramallah. The NYT says that Shadid's fatal asthma attack was prompted by his allergy to horses, triggered by a reporting trip into Syria with guides on horseback.

As always, the Times' own reporting on Shadid's death, life, and journalistic legacy is very good.

[Photo: AP]