Dith Pran died this morning of pancreatic cancer, which is usually diagnosed late, proceeds with intense rapidity, and is almost universally fatal.
Dith Pran is most famous for writing a book that was turned into a piece of dramatic historical fiction – The Killing Fields movie directed by Roland Jaffe. He was a newspaper photographer in Cambodia, and worked closely with Sydney Schanberg, after whom Pran named one of his children.
Dith Pran survived Democratic Kampuchea and ended his life as a photographer for the New York Times.
Rest In Peace, Lok Pran,
Here’s a video link from the NY Times reviewing Pran’s life, including some very late interviews from Pran’s deathbed. It resists embedding, but is worth checking out.
Here’s a video in which Pran discusses his illness.