Jeff Roberts, Who Photographed Iconic Tornado Picture, Dead At 51

Nov 14, 2012
Jeff Roberts' iconic Alabama tornado photograph
Jeff Roberts' iconic Alabama tornado photograph

By John Archibald

 

Former Birmingham News photojournalist Jeff Roberts has died after a brief illness. He was 51. Roberts, who was part of the group laid off last year as the News made the transition to digital, became ill shortly after leaving the newspaper. His iconic tornado photograph of Faye Hyde and her grandchildren huddled on an old blanket moments after a tornado tore down their house around them in Concord, AL, ran on front pages around the world, including magazine and book covers.

 

Visitation will be Saturday, November 17, at 10 a.m. followed by funeral service at 11 a.m. at Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home, 1498 5th Avenue, Pleasant Grove, AL, (205) 744-1611.

 

Read more about Roberts here.