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Family pay tribute to Merseyside war-photographer

The family of an award-winning Merseyside-born photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed covering the Libyan civil war, today described him as a "wonderful humanitarian".

The film-maker and war-photographer was capturing images of fighting between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and Libyan rebels in Misrata when he was caught in a mortar attack in April 2011.

Speaking after an inquest into his death at Westminster Coroner's Court today, his mother Judith cried as she said:

He was an image maker and storyteller, that is how he liked to be described.

"He was a wonderful humanitarian.

– Judith Hetherington, Tim's mother

Recording a verdict of unlawful killing, deputy Westminster coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: "He was not a soldier, he was an innocent photographer."

She determined the cause of death had been a "massive haemorrhage" caused by shrapnel from mortar fire which injured his legs.

Inquest into death of photojournalist from Merseyside

An inquest into the death of a photojournalist from Merseyside during the Libyan civil war is due to take place today.

Tim Hetherington was capturing images of fighting between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and Libyan rebels in Misrata when he was caught in a mortar attack on April 20th 2011.

British photojournalist Tim Hetherington Credit: Press Association

Mr Hetherington, who was 40 when he died, was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, and studied literature at Oxford University.

The inquest into his death will take place at Westminster Coroner's Court.

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