AP photographer Ed Reinke died yesterday, two weeks after sustaining head injuries from a fall while covering an auto race at a racetrack in Sparta, Kentucky, according to the Associated Press. Reinke was 60 years old, and had been an AP photographer for more than 25 years.
Details of the accident, which occurred on October on October 2, are sketchy. AP declined to provide further information.
“We’re not sure what happened to him. It’s been a big mystery,” says John Flavell, photo editor of The Daily Independent of Ashland, Kentucky and a long-time professional acquaintance of Reinke’s. “I’m sure somebody’s looking into what happened, and eventually that will come out.”
Santiago Lyon, director of photography at AP, described Reinke as “a first-rate professional with an extraordinary knack for being in the right place at the right time to get the picture.”
Reinke covered news and sporting events in Kentucky, including every Kentucky Derby since 1988. He also covered major sporting events outside the state such as Super Bowl and World Series championships, Summer and Winter Olympics, Masters and PGA championships, and the Indy 500. Major news events he covered included President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration and Hurricane Andrew.
Reinke began his career in 1972 at the Cincinnati Enquirer, according to the AP obituary. He went to work for the AP in 1979. Four years later he returned to the Enquirer and served as director of photography. In 1987, he returned to the AP, where he continued to work until the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
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