Longtime NBC News correspondent Tom Aspell dies

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NBC News foreign correspondent Tom Aspell died on Feb. 11, 2013 after a two-year battle with lung cancer at the age of 62. (NBC)
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(NBC) -- Tom Aspell, a veteran foreign correspondent for NBC News, died Monday after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He was 62 years old.

After beginning his career as a scriptwriter and cameraman with Visnews in 1970, Aspell joined NBC News in 1985 as a producer based in Cyprus.

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He later became a foreign correspondent, and in this role covered events ranging from the fall of Saigon and the toppling of Saddam Hussein, to the Bosnian War, Beirut and Baghdad - all the while displaying what NBC's Brian Williams described as "an intense brand of cool under fire."

"From Southeast Asia to the Middle East... to the Balkans ... to Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and dozens of other 'hot spots,' Aspell made his mark on behalf of NBC News for 28 years," said NBC News President Steve Capus.

"To a person, all of his colleagues will tell you Tom was great company in the field who loved sharing stories at the end of a day spent documenting history."

A native of New Zealand, Aspell's last posting for NBC News was in Cyprus, where he loved spending time on his sailboat.

Aspell leaves behind a wife and two sons.

(NBC News)

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