Toshio Sakai Obit



Here's The Associated Press obit on UPI Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Toshio Sakai:

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TOKYO (AP) -- Toshio Sakai, a Japanese photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for a Vietnam War photo in 1967, has died of heart attack, his family said Monday (Nov. 15, 1999). He was 59.

Sakai, a Tokyo native, died Sunday (Nov. 14, 1999) at a hospital in Kamakura, southwest of the capital.

In 1965, Sakai joined the Tokyo bureau of United Press International and was sent to cover the Vietnam War.

He won the Pulitzer Prize in the feature photo category for a picture taken in June 1967, becoming the third Japanese to win a Pulitzer.

The photo depicted a U.S. soldier resting after heavy sniper-and-mortar fire while a fellow soldier kept watch in a monsoon downpour.

In 1986, Sakai joined the Tokyo bureau of Agence France-Presse as photo director. Sakai became a freelance in 1989 and set up a video film planning firm in 1994.

He is survived by his wife, Hideko, a son and daughter.

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