A former CNN videographer has died after contracting cancer caused by hazardous materials he was exposed to during his efforts to cover the events of September 11th and the weeks that followed.
Michael Gittelman covered the events of 9/11 both on September 11 itself and in the weeks after, staying nearby Ground Zero to record the aftermath. He contracted cancer that was attributed to the numerous hazardous substances he was exposed to at the site and has now passed away, sadly.
According to the federal World Trade Center Healthy Program, approximately 10,000 people ranging from first respondents, to nearby residents, to members of the media have contracted cancers related to the release of materials like asbestos when the Twin Towers and other buildings collapsed on 9/11.
Lead image by Michael Foran, used under Creative Commons.