A British reporter was killed in Canada, The Daily Beast has learned.
Former Channel 4 News reporter Philip Stafford, who was reporting from the Canadian city of Vaughan for Global Television, was found dead inside a home in the town of Richmond, according to the Toronto Star.
Stafford appeared in a number of documentaries and features in recent years, most notably on the dangers of refugees and extremist groups.
On Thursday morning, Stafford posted a lengthy message about working in conflict zones to his Facebook page, with a link to a Current TV series called “The Week the Security Deplorables Stopped” about multiple types of organizations and individuals who he suspected were deceptive and manipulative.
“Having been accused of numerous sh**** problems lately, it’s time for me to have my say,” he wrote. “Like… people who yell at and abuse people, like terrorists, Nazis, people who post pictures of dead babies on social media, spout homophobic shit, women who cover up their body parts, who have paid for outfits and hairstyles they won’t wash, who fail to respect the faith of others, lads with STDs, people who post pictures of them with their fist held over a crucifix – they’re sh*****s.”
In a brief statement, Global News said the reporter’s death “was being investigated as a suspicious death.”
The Associated Press reported that Stafford was visiting Vaughan with his family.
Stafford attended Columbia University and the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom, according to Channel 4 News. He was based in Baghdad from 2006 to 2009.
Stafford was also an accomplished photographer, who was featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 2003 for his work in Iraq and Afghanistan. He documented the American occupation of Afghanistan between 2003 and 2004 and the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In 2016, Stafford documented the loss of his son on the death of his neighbor.
Stafford, who began his career in television in 1990 at the age of 20, is survived by his wife, Karen, and their two other children.