A veteran war reporter best known for capturing on film the self-immolation of a Buddhist monk in the early days of what would become the Vietnam War, Malcolm Browne died on Monday at the age of 81. Browne, who claimed to have been shot down in aircraft three times and been thrown out of more countries than many people ever visit, split his career between work for the Associated Press and more than 30 years at The New York Times. The reporter earned a Pulitzer Prize for his harrowing coverage of the corruption and mismanagement that became the hallmark of the quagmire in Vietnam. In the last decade of his life, Browne suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
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