Monday, March 31, 2008
Dith Pran, the Cambodian photographer who with New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg documented the story of life under the Khmer Rouge, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 65. Mr. Pran eventually escaped Cambodia and came to the US to join his family; he worked for the Times as a photographer. Read more here. Mr. Pran's life and work inspired the film The Killing Fields, which won three Academy Awards, including one for Haing S. Ngor, who played him in the movie. Tragically, Dr. Ngor was murdered in 1996, during a robbery at his home.