Fox News correspondent, Dominic Di-Natale, 43, was found dead after an apparent suicide according to authorities. His body was found Wednesday in his Colorado apartment. Jefferson County authorities went to check on the reporter after receiving a call from a friend of the reporter concerned about his mental state. Di-Natale had a serious health condition which remains undisclosed.
His journalistic career had taken him all across the world covering some of the world’s top stories. He went to Osama bin Laden’s home after the Navy Seal incursion. He also traveled to Egypt’s Tahrir Square at the time of the Arab Spring uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Di-Natale began working with Fox in 2007 reporting international news for Fox News Channel as well as contributing to Fox Business Network. A station spokesman said the company was disheartened to hear of his passing. The station extended their deepest condolences to his friends and relatives. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the journalist had taken his own life.
After news the Fox News correspondent was found dead, colleagues took to social media to pay him tribute. Megyn Kelly, Fox anchor, tweeted her sadness about Di-Natale’s passing. She stated that she would miss him and that even off camera he was always trying to help the U.S. troops. Former U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Jessie Jane Duff posted that the Fox reporter loved the military and refused to walk away from a hard story.
Dominic Di-Natale was born in Britain. He started off as a magazine writer in Portugal in 1989. There he covered the hard-hitting European drug trade. From there he moved to the United Kingdom doing freelance work for several news publishers in 1995 before becoming a BBC World correspondent. He worked in New York, London, Frankfurt, Dubai, and Brussels. He most recently reported on the civil racially charged protests in Ferguson, Mo. He wrote on Twitter on Nov. 26 that it was his turn to head to Ferguson, Mo.
In 2008, he studied Arabic at Damascus University a year after joining Fox. While in Syria he set up and operated a course for young Syrian entrepreneurs. He then went to cover the conflict in Baghdad, Iraq at a time deemed one of the most precarious for Western journalists. Di-Natale traveled back and forth between the U.S. and the Middle East covering stories for Fox News and working on solo projects.
After bin Laden’s death in May 2011 at his Abbottabad compound, he cut out a brick form the foundation of the leader’s home and donated the brick to the 9/11 museum in New York. He did an exclusive interview with the doctor who helped American agents verify bin Laden’s presence, Shakil Afridi. Afridi still remains in a Pakistani prison to this day.
At the time the Fox News correspondent was found dead, he was no longer working for Fox. He reportedly made his last appearance on Nov. 30 according to a Fox spokeswoman. His last assignment was freelancing out of the Fox News West Coast division in Los Angeles before resigning on Nov. 30.
By Stevenson Benoit
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