MICHEL DU CILLE, a

Washington Post

photojournalist who won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his dramatic images of human struggle and triumph, and recently chronicled the plight of Ebola patients and the people who cared for them, died yesterday while on assignment for the

Post

in Liberia. He was 58.

He collapsed after returning from a village in the Salala district of Liberia's Bong County, where he had been working with Post reporter Justin Jouvenal. He was driven over dirt roads to a hospital two hours away but died of an apparent heart attack.

Du Cille won two Pulitzer Prizes for photography with the Miami Herald in the 1980s and joined the Post in 1988. In 2008, he shared his third Pulitzer, with Post reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull, for their investigative series on the treatment of military veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He became the Post's director of photography in 2007 but returned to the field as a full-time photojournalist in 2012. He was known for his ability to portray humanity even in dire circumstances.

He was married to Post photographer Nikki Kahn and had two children from a previous marriage.

- Daily News wire services