Gary Susman
May 01, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

David Bloom, the co-anchor of NBC’s weekend edition of ”Today,” died Sunday of an apparent blood clot while covering the war in Iraq, the network announced. The 39-year-old correspondent collapsed while traveling with troops 25 miles south of Baghdad and was airlifted to a medical unit, which pronounced him dead of a pulmonary embolism. His death was not combat-related.

Bloom is the second American journalist to die during the conflict. On Thursday, Washington Post syndicated columnist and Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large Michael Kelly died, along with the soldier who was driving him in a Humvee. The driver swerved after the vehicle was fired upon outside Baghdad airport, rolling the Humvee into a canal. Kelly, 46, had also covered the first Gulf War as a freelance journalist and summed up his experiences in the book ”Martyrs’ Day.”

Four foreign journalists have also died during the war, three from combat-related deaths. Nonetheless, U.S. networks have no plans to remove reporters from the front, Variety reports. In fact, with U.S. troops entering Baghdad, correspondents are returning to the city as well, including CBS reporter Lara Logan.

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