Richard Pyle, AP reporter of Vietnam War and much more, dies

NEW YORK (AP) An Associated Press reporter whose career spanned a half-century of war, catastrophe and other indelible stories has died in New York. Richard Pyle was 83.

His wife, actress-writer Brenda Smiley, confirms he died Thursday at a hospital. The cause of his death was complications due to lung disease.

Pyle was there when President John F. Kennedy learned of the Cuban missile challenge and when President Richard Nixon waved goodbye to the White House. He was there when the World Trade Center's twin towers tumbled down and when Desert Storm drove the last Iraqis from Kuwait.

But he was proudest of his Vietnam War coverage over five critical years, the last half as chief of the AP's Saigon bureau.

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Pyle retired in 2009 after 49 years with the news organization.