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AP photographer Desmond Boylan dies in Havana at 54

This Feb. 27, 2017 photo shows Associated Press photojournalist Desmond Boylan smoking a cigar on the balcony of the agency's office in Havana, Cuba. ...
Associated Press photojournalist Desmond Boylan takes a picture of his reflection in a car window as he talks on his cell phone at a market where he w...
FILE - In this May 15, 2015 file photo, pedestrians are reflected in a post office window where a poster of Fidel Castro hangs in Havana, Cuba. (AP Ph...
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, fortune teller Adelaida waits for her nail polish to dry as she sits on the sidewalk in Old Havana, Cuba. (AP...
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, a small, Cuban flag covered coffin containing the remains of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is pulled by a militar...
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, people sit on the Malecon as the sun sets in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)
FILE - In this May 10, 1994 file photo, Cuban leader Fidel Castro briefly uses the camera of photojournalist Desmond Boylan outside the president's re...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Cuban flag covers the side of the road where people wait for the funeral procession of Fidel Castro on the o...
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, wind blows part of Pope Francis' dress over his head as he arrives to Jose Marti Airport in Havana, Cuba. Pop...
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, a worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a Christ statue during preparations of the altar where Pope Franc...
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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2017 file photo, a portrait of Fidel Castro with the Granma yacht hangs from the National Library at dawn before a parade in Ca...
FILE - In this May 17, 2018 file photo, a member of the LGBT community strikes a pose while waiting for the start of a parade marking the Internationa...
FILE - In this March 22, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama talks to Cuba's President Raul Castro before boarding Air Force One on his way to Arg...
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018 file photo, people take pictures of the statue of the Virgin of Charity during an annual religious procession in Havana, ...
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018 file photo, a man uses the cross walk where the drivers passes in his classic car in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boyl...
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro brings together the hands of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and ...
FILE - In this July 21, 2018 file photo, a driver takes a nap in the cabin of his truck at an outdoor food market in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond B...
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This Feb. 27, 2017 photo shows Associated Press photojournalist Desmond Boylan smoking a cigar on the balcony of the agency's office in Havana, Cuba. ...

Associated Press photojournalist Desmond Boylan takes a picture of his reflection in a car window as he talks on his cell phone at a market where he w...

FILE - In this May 15, 2015 file photo, pedestrians are reflected in a post office window where a poster of Fidel Castro hangs in Havana, Cuba. (AP Ph...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, fortune teller Adelaida waits for her nail polish to dry as she sits on the sidewalk in Old Havana, Cuba. (AP...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, a small, Cuban flag covered coffin containing the remains of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is pulled by a militar...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, people sit on the Malecon as the sun sets in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

FILE - In this May 10, 1994 file photo, Cuban leader Fidel Castro briefly uses the camera of photojournalist Desmond Boylan outside the president's re...

FILE - In this July 22, 2018 file photo, a man's pet dog stands on his shoulder as they take a dip in the ocean with other swimmers near Playita 16 in...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Cuban flag covers the side of the road where people wait for the funeral procession of Fidel Castro on the o...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, wind blows part of Pope Francis' dress over his head as he arrives to Jose Marti Airport in Havana, Cuba. Pop...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, a worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a Christ statue during preparations of the altar where Pope Franc...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018 file photo, the honor guard military band march after the arrival of El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren at Re...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2017 file photo, a portrait of Fidel Castro with the Granma yacht hangs from the National Library at dawn before a parade in Ca...

FILE - In this May 17, 2018 file photo, a member of the LGBT community strikes a pose while waiting for the start of a parade marking the Internationa...

FILE - In this March 22, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama talks to Cuba's President Raul Castro before boarding Air Force One on his way to Arg...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018 file photo, people take pictures of the statue of the Virgin of Charity during an annual religious procession in Havana, ...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018 file photo, a man uses the cross walk where the drivers passes in his classic car in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond Boyl...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Cuba's President Raul Castro brings together the hands of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, and ...

FILE - In this July 21, 2018 file photo, a driver takes a nap in the cabin of his truck at an outdoor food market in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmond B...

FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, rain drops accumulate on a car's windshield as commuters wait at a red light in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Desmon...

HAVANA (AP) — Desmond Boylan, a photographer who covered war and conflict across the world before dedicating his life to documenting the daily joys and tribulations of life in Cuba for The Associated Press, died suddenly while on assignment in Havana. He was 54.

Boylan was covering preparations for New Year's festivities in Havana for the AP when he felt ill and asked a family if he could rest on their couch, where he died Saturday. Authorities are performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Born in Ireland in 1964, Boylan moved to Spain as a child and began working for The Associated Press in Spain in 1989. He later become a photographer for Reuters, where he covered the end of apartheid in South Africa and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.


Updated : 2021-01-23 18:54 GMT+08:00