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Renowned Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries dies one week after shooting attack

'We are unbelievably proud of him and at the same time inconsolable'

Peter R de Vries (AP)

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The renowned Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries who was shot in broad daylight last week in Amsterdam, has died.

The Dutch network RTL who De Vries regularly worked for, cited a family statement as saying “Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle.”

The statement says he died surrounded by loved ones.

“Peter has lived by his conviction: ‘On bended knee is no way to be free,’” the statement said. “We are unbelievably proud of him and at the same time inconsolable.”

De Vries was shot on July 6 after making one of his regular appearances on a current affairs television show.

The 64-year-old journalist and TV presenter, who first won fame for his inside reporting on the kidnapping of millionaire Freddy Heineken in 1983, was shot up to five times in front of shocked bystanders as he left a television studio in a busy Amsterdam street last week.

The attack sparked widespread condemnations, with Europe's top official Charles Michel calling it a "crime against journalism and an attack on our values of democracy and rule of law."

Police arrested the two suspects in a car near The Hague shortly after the shooting.

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