Margaret Moth was a woman who threw herself into war zones and off planes, and gained respect from her peers as she was doing it.
With her heavy makeup, combat boots and black hair Moth was fearless. She was shot in the face while shooting footage in Sarajevo in 1992, according to CNN. After six months she was back in the field.
She was diagnosed with colon cancer three years before she died at the age of 59, on Sunday in Rochester, Minnesota.
In an interview with a CNN documentary crew she said laughing, "Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I'd have gone out with a bit more flair."
Moth grew up in New Zealand, born Margaret Wilson. She later changed her name to Margaret Gipsy Moth. She recieved her first camera at the age of eight, but she said she never aspired to be a photojournalist. According to CNN's article, she "was mostly driven by a love of history and her desire to see it unfold firsthand."
Moth had an affect on many of those around her, including fellow journalists that she took under her wing.
"She took such incredible care of me and taught me so much," said Patty Sagba, a correspondent that worked with Moth in Pakistan. "I can honestly say that the work I did with Margaret Moth is still the very best work of my career."
Moth's ashes will be taken back to her home in Istanbul, where they will be put in her garden so she can be near her cats, as she wanted, according to CNN's article.