AP Photographer Collapses At Chick-fil-A Bowl, Later Dies

ATLANTA (January 1, 2014) Dave Martin, a veteran Associated Press photographer who was based in Montgomery, Ala., died early Wednesday after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field at the end of the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night.

Martin was 59.

He ran onto the field immediately after Texas A&M's 52-48 win over Duke and took photos of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin as he was doused with a water bucket by his players.

Martin continued to take celebration shots before he collapsed on the field.

CPR was performed on Martin, who evidently suffered a heart attack.

He was then placed on a stretcher and taken to Emory Hospital Midtown where he died early Wednesday morning.

Martin shot a wide range of photos in his long career with AP, including segregation-era leaders, hurricanes and major sporting events.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued a statement Wednesday in which he described Martin as one of the best news photographers he's ever worked with.

Martin traveled with the governor in 2011 to document a deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama.

Bentley said that Martin "told the story of the storm's devastation in some of the best photos I have seen."


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