AP Photographer Dave Martin Passes Away After Football Game

AP Photographer Dave Martin Passes Away After Football Game

Long time AP photographer, Dave Martin, passed away after suffering a heart attack during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Georgia. After Texas A&M's 52-48 win against Duke, Dave Martin ran onto the field and shot many celebratory shots before finally collapsing. He was administered CPR on the field before he was transported to Emory Hospital Midtown where he passed away Wednesday morning.

Dave Martin started shooting for The Associated Press in 1983 making a 30 year career as a journalistic photographer. He covered various sports events including The Olympics and various Super Bowls, Hurricane Katrina, and the oil spill in the Gulf. On top of being an amazing photographer he was also AP's South Region Picture Editor managing over 30 photographers across 11 states.

He is survived by his wife (who is also a photographer) Jamie Martin and their two children Emily and Skip. Dave Martin was 59.


Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images

Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images

Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images

Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images

Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images

Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images Credit: Dave Martin/AP Images

Via: USA Today

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Very sad, 59 is to young to go. Rest in peace.

While being a tragedy for his family that is the way I would prefer to buy the farm.
Quick and without suffering excruciating pain. And best of all, it happened during his most loved activity.

I've Known Dave since I started as a green photographer at the Birmingham Post-Herald in 1988. He was driven to make the best photos possible and at the same times was the least competitive person. He would go out of his to help a fellow shooter during an event.

59 is way too young. At least his family can take some comfort in knowing he spent his last day on earth doing what he loved doing and his SD card was viewed by millions of people. That's a photographer's way to go.