Freelance Photojournalist Don Murray, 45

Jul 2, 2005

Freelance photojournalist Don Murray, 45, died Friday of a heart attack while driving to his Mount Laurel, NJ, beach home following an assignment in New York, his agency ZUMA Press announced today. Murray freelanced for the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, The Washington Post, Time, the Associated Press and others, and he was represented by ZUMA.

Murray left his job at IBM in the 1990s to pursue his passion for photojournalism, and ZUMA’s director and founder Scott Mc Kiernanremembers Murray as “a hard core news photographer and a go-getter who would never fail to deliver the money shot. Don will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.”

Murray’s oldest son Michael Murray, 23, told the New York Post, “He just loved his job. He loved it all. And he was a true professional.” Murray’s photographic Web site with his portfolio is online at www.pressimages.net.

Murray is survived by his wife, Berjoohy, and sons Michael and David, 21. A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday June 2 at the Holy Trinity Church, 101 Ashmead Road, Cheltenham, PA.