SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ (April 1, 2008) - Funeral services will be Sunday, April 6, for Dith Pran, the photojournalist who survived torture and starvation at the hands of the brutal Khmer Rouge and whose story was the basis of the 1984 movie "The Killing Fields."
A New York Times staff photographer for almost three decades after he came to America, Dith died last Sunday in New Brunswick, NJ, after a brief battle against pancreatic cancer. He was 65.
Viewing hours will begin on Saturday, April 5, at the South Plainfield Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m., and the family will welcome visitors and friends.
The service will be Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dith's family says he will be cremated in a private service the following day and his ashes will rest at a Buddhist temple in Philadelphia until his final resting place at a temple in Washington, DC, can be arranged.
The family asks that in lieu of sending flowers, contributions are invited in the name of Dith Pran. The family intends to put donations toward a foundation that will be established in the coming weeks according to the photojournalist's last wishes.
Cards, letters, and contributions can be sent to The New York Times, 4th Floor Picture Desk, 620 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10018, marked to the attention of Melissa Bellinelli. All items will be delivered to Dith's family.