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Jockel Finck, 43, photojournalist

BERLIN -- Associated Press photographer Jockel Finck, whose assignments included the fall of the Berlin Wall and the bloody disintegration of Yugoslavia, has died. He was 43.

Mr. Finck was vacationing with his family in Traunstein in southern Germany when he had a heart attack and died Jan. 28, his family said.

Born in Einbeck in Lower Saxony, Mr. Finck began his photojournalism career as a freelancer in Hannover, and joined the Associated Press in Hamburg in 1986. He moved to the news agency's Berlin bureau in 1989 just as communism was crumbling in East Germany.

He covered the dramatic events of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany the next year.

His specialty was covering disaster and conflict zones, a vocation that took him to the siege of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the 1990-1991 Gulf War, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the 2004 earthquake in Iran.

At home in Germany, he was on the scene of antinuclear protests near the town of Gorleben, disastrous flooding along the Oder River, and the 1998 derailing of an express train that left more than 100 people dead.

Recently, Mr. Finck had put his travel to conflict zones on hold and focused on covering events in Germany, conscious of the risks inherent in photojournalism.

''The AP mourns the sudden death of a warm, well-liked, conscientious professional whose photographs from around the world helped to tell a myriad of stories large and small. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him," said Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography.

Mr. Finck leaves his wife, Patricia von Wolff-Metternich, and their three children.

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