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It is easy for us to forget that 9/11 is still claiming lives almost 2 decades later. It is less easy for the family of Michael Gittelman, a former CNN videographer who passed away last week after being diagnosed with cancer linked to his coverage of the terrorist attack.
9/11 has claimed another victim. Rest in peace former @CNN cameraman Michael Gittelman. He developed a cancer that ravaged his body as a result of covering the terrorist attacks & the aftermath for weeks afterwards from a vantage point near Ground Zero. We will miss Mike greatly. pic.twitter.com/mLuNQ4dyss— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaum) August 14, 2019
Many of Gittelman's current and former coworkers took to Twitter to announce the news.
A beloved member of the i24NEWS family, Michael Gittelman, sadly passed away yesterday. He was a top-notch photojournalist who will be greatly missed by every news team graced to have worked with him. Steve Langford has this tribute with @EricLandskroner and @ArielleHixson: pic.twitter.com/eIvpE8CC3p— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) August 14, 2019
The World Trade Center Health Program, a nonprofit that provides medical monitoring to responders and survivors of 9/11, estimates that over 10,000 people have contracted cancer that is directly linked to asbestos exposure from the Twin Towers.