Pierre Zakrzewski, a cameraman for Fox News, was killed in an attack outside of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Monday that also left Fox reporter Benjamin Hall injured, Fox announced Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer had to announce the devastating news about the death of morning, calling Zakrzewski “an absolute legend” and his loss “devastating.” Zakrzewski covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria prior to Ukraine.
“We here at the Fox News Channel want to offer our deepest condolences to Pierre’s wife, Michelle, and his entire family. Pierre Zakrzewski was only 55 years old and we miss him already,” said Hemmer.
Hall was riding in a vehicle with Zakrzewski in Horenka, a suburb of Kyiv when they came under attack, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott announced. Hall remains hospitalized with wounds.
Scott called it a “heartbreaking day” for the company, and noted that Zakrzewski “played a key role in getting our Afghan freelance associates and their families out of the country” last year.
“The legacy of his positive spirit, boundless energy and eye for the story will carry on,” added Scott.
#BREAKING: Fox News announces cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski was killed yesterday in the attack that left Benjamin Hall injured.@BillHemmer called him "an absolute legend" who "cover[ed] wars in Iraq & Afghanistan & Syria" and "his loss is devastating." pic.twitter.com/4YYrZcQD0l
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 15, 2022
Brent Renaud, a 50-year-old American journalist and filmmaker, was also killed on Sunday when Russian forces opened fire on him. Time has confirmed that Renaud was “in the region working on a TIME Studios project focused on the global refugee crisis. Our hearts are with all of Brent’s loved ones.”
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