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Anthony Shadid's death inspired much conversation from our readers. Shadid, 43, died Thursday of an apparent asthma attack while reporting in eastern Syria, according to The New York Times.
One reader wrote in to share their admiration of Shadid's work.
shakti1111: "The world has lost a very talented and extremely dedicated reporter. My condolences go out to Anthony's wife, children, family and friends. As someone who worked side-by-side with Anthony on the editorial staff of our college newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin, it was clear from his very first news reporting that Anthony was destined for bigger issues than the city council. That he chose to commit himself to bringing untold stories to light, providing voice for the voiceless, bringing the intricacies of the modern Middle East into focus for the rest of the world, only shows his noble spirit and tremendous character. May he be remembered for his outstanding contributions to journalism and great authenticity as a person."
This reader said they don't want to see outsiders getting too involved in Syria.
Sargemdf: "I'm sorry the man died; but I have to ask why do American reporters always feel that they need to go to the very region where we are hated so much just for a so-called story? We should never again send any American troops into any Arab country. Let them work the situation our among themselves. If we go, we are hated. If we stay out, we are hated. So why waste one American life for those people?"
Several readers referenced the cameraman who carried Shadid's body out of Syria.
thr2: "The man was reporting, which was his job. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner. His cameraman carried his body across the border, obviously showing his love for his co-worker. Why would dying of asthma be different than dying from being shot?"
Graced: "This man - and his comrades in real journalism - have been responsible for bringing the truth to the world when hideous regimes would have it hidden. Thank God he had the courage and desire to show the rest of the world the problems that exist. Rest in peace, and condolences/prayers to his family. And a heartfelt thanks to the photographer who made the trek with his body."
Some of the commenters noted the death was not a result of violence or conflict.
svscnn: "He wasn't 'killed' by anything other than a congenital lung disease."
Another reader said they don't agree with everything they see in the newspaper, but they still respect Shadid's work.
upsetinCA: "The life lost of a reporter trying to shed light on the darkness of the situation in Syria is very sad. Some of us know how to separate the two. Thanks ... RIP Anthony."
The same reader added:
"Asthma can kill. Most attacks are minor, but I've had friends and family hospitalized because of severe attacks. Your airway muscles freeze. I don't see how you can say it's not fatal when a person's body is starved of oxygen. Put your head underwater for 10 minutes and tell me how it goes - same thing."
Indeed, many people responding to the story talked about the challenges of asthma.
RationalDoc: "Horses can be a strong allergen for some people. I have patients in my practice who cannot get near them. He may not have previously been diagnosed with this particular allergy which triggered his previously known asthma. And, his first exposure may have caused a further sensitization such that his second exposure was all the more fulminant."
lokester: "Thanks, Doc. I have very little experience with/knowledge of acute asthma. I've always wondered when patients who are aware of their condition, and presumably in possession of medications to stave off emergency attacks, die as a result of an asthma episode. Are sudden attacks which resist emergency treatment a real possibility? Could a patient like Mr. Shadid suddenly experience so profound an attack as to expire in spite of his access to medications?"
This Canadian reader shared their condolences.
MarcfromNB: "Reminds me of my own condition I suffer, though I keep in good shape and think mine is relatively mild, you never know. There is a reason the military doesn't let people with asthma in, even though I would've loved to have been in the army. Guess I will have to settle through servitude through science then ..."
Location makes a difference, according to this reader.
BOBDELROSSO: "If he had the asthma attack in New York, he would probably still be alive today. "
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