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Alan Downes

October 10, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Cameraman Alan Downes, who filmed gripping Vietnam War television footage, including a memorable image of a screaming, naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, died Wednesday of brain cancer. He was 58.

Footage filmed by Downes in 1972 during the war showed 9-year-old Kim Phuc and other children fleeing down Highway One in South Vietnam during a napalm attack on a village. The clothes had been burned from the girl’s body.

Downes’ film and a still photograph taken by Nick Ut of The Associated Press of the screaming girl running toward Ut’s camera were used by news media around the world. Ut won a Pulitzer Prize for that photo.

Downes and Ut saved the severely burned girl’s life by getting her to a hospital.

Downes won a variety of awards for his later work, including his coverage of Vietnam, Eritrea and the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus.

He became Britain’s Independent Television News chief cameraman in 1987 and retired from the organization in 1991.

He is survived by a wife, Sheila, a son and a daughter.

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