AP video stringer Dragan Banovic dies

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Posted: May 29, 2013 1:12 PM
AP video stringer Dragan Banovic dies

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Dragan Banovic, a video stringer for The Associated Press who covered a series of wars that erupted after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, died on Wednesday. He was 60.

Banovic was based in the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik and covered its siege by Serbian and Montenegrin forces for the local Croatian channel HRT in 1991. He worked for AP from 1994 and covered wars in Bosnia, Kosovo and the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.

Banovic, who had cancer, died early Wednesday morning in the Dubrovnik hospital, his family said.

Banovic supplied many stories to AP, including an exclusive interview with the mother of Radovan Karazdic when the former Bosnian political leader was on the run from the U.N. war crimes tribunal.

His colleagues remembered his sense of humor and his charm that helped him cross front lines and cover all sides of the conflicts when few could.

"Dragan was the life and soul of every situation," said Sandy MacIntyre, the AP's director of global video news. "His professionalism was undisputed, his humor legendary."

"Dragan is a sad loss to our profession," MacIntyre added.

Banovic will be buried in Dubrovnik on Friday. He is survived by his wife and two sons.