It is being reported that Killing Fields survivor Dith Pran has died from cancer at the age of 65.
According to the New York Times web site, Pran died at a hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey from pancreatic cancer.
He is best known for his 1984 film “The Killing fields” in which he documented his survival of the genocide in Cambodia.
He lost about 50 relatives in the Khmer Rouge genocide, including close family members such as his father, three brothers and a sister.
After fleeing Cambodia to Thailand in 1979, Dith moved to the United States and worked as a photojournalist for The New York Times.
“This is a sneaky disease and I didn’t pay attention to the symptoms until it was too late,” said Pran in an interview with The Star-Ledger. ” Learn from me. I am not afraid to die, but I hate to see a life wasted.”
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