CNN photojournalist, Margaret Moth died of colon cancer Sunday, she was 59. CNN calls Margaret Moth fearless; in 1992, while on assignment in Sarajevo she was shot in the face. At the time, she was taking a photograph of the soldier who shot at her.
Moth was interviewed in the video below after that almost fatal day and she still had difficulty speaking clearly as a result of the face wound. After several reconstructive surgeries, Moth found out that she had contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion.
As soon Moth’s face healed she was back to putting herself in dangerous situations so she could get the perfect photo. A little over three years ago she found out that she had colon cancer, and this was one obstacle Moth would not be able to overcome.
Moth died early Sunday morning in Rochester, Minnesota in hospice care at 59 years of age.
“Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I’d have gone out with a bit more flair,” Moth told CNN in an interview almost a year ago.
“The important thing is to know that you’ve lived your life to the fullest,” she said then, before tubing down a river in Austin, Texas; taking jaunts to Cape Cod and the Canadian Rockies; and piloting a houseboat up the Mississippi River — replete with beer and Cuban cigars. “I don’t know anyone who’s enjoyed life more.”
Kevin Coburn of Salt Lake City read about Moth’s death Sunday and said that her photos were real because of the extreme risks she took to get just the right shot.
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