AP reports some sad news from Iraq,

Mark Fineman, an award-winning correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, died Tuesday while on assignment in Iraq of an apparent heart attack. He was 51.

Fineman was waiting with a colleague in the offices of the Iraqi Governing Council for an interview when he complained of chest pains and collapsed, Times staffers in Baghdad said. He was taken to a hospital but doctors could not revive him.

Fineman, whose story about Iraq’s new foreign investment policy appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s Times, worked at the paper for 15 years.

He was based in Washington, D.C., and had recently arrived in Baghdad. He reported for the Times from the Philippines, India, Cyprus, and Mexico, and had been the paper’s Caribbean correspondent based in Florida.

Before joining the Times, Fineman was a foreign correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

He received a George Polk award in 1985, and won citations from the Overseas Press Club in 2001, the National Headliners in 1991, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors for deadline writing in 1987.

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