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Obituary: Felix Ordoñez

Felix Ordoñez, a Reuters photographer in Spain, died of a heart attack on Tuesday night as he was driving home after covering a soccer match in Madrid. He was 52.

Ordoñez, pictured, began work with Reuters in 1996 as a freelance, initially covering mainly soccer. “Soon afterwards, his talent led to many assignments of all varieties in Spain and abroad for Reuters, including the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Euro soccer championships in Portugal, Austria and Ukraine, as well as the 2006 World Cup in Germany,” said Paul Hanna, chief photographer Iberia.

“Felix was truly an exceptional sports photographer and a dedicated professional. He was the first and only photographer I ever saw transmitting with three mobile phones and laptops simultaneously. But beyond that, I imagine he will also be remembered as the great person he was and the lasting impression he made on colleagues as it was such a pleasure to work with him – always eager to perform better, to learn, and to share his own knowledge and experience. His passing is a real blow to all his colleagues here and abroad, as such a loss is difficult to understand.”

Ordoñez is survived by his wife Maribel, and two sons Ricardo and Alberto.


PHOTO: Ruben Cacho-ICAL ■