OKLAHOMA CITY - On Friday, everyone from the White house, to world leaders were sending their condolences to Anthony Shadid's family.

He's known as one of the best war correspondents of our generation he was certainly the pride of Oklahoma.

As a war correspondent, Anthony Shadid lived his life in harm's way for the sake of the story.

"I don't know how we're going to cope with this whole thing," said Buddy Shadid, Anthony's father. "I never wanted him to go there to start with,"

Shadid grew up in Oklahoma city before moving to the middle east. He was working for the New York Times and returning with smugglers from illegal territory in Syria to Turkey when he collapsed Thursday.

"I had nightmares this would happen, I never dreamed it would be an asthma attack. He dodged bullets and bombs and everything else."

On Friday, the condolences poured in from across the globe among them Lebanon's Prime Minister and the Turkish Foreign Minister.

Those who worked closely with him call Shadid one of the greatest people and greatest writers of our generation.

"He was the best reporter in the middle east of our generation because he could tell it from the street level, from a gut level, from the people on the street and what they were encountering," said Mike Boettcher, an OU professor and ABC correspondent. "He did that better than everybody."

Shadid won the Pulitzer prize twice. But despite his success, friends and family still describe Shadid as humble and a friend to everyone he met.

"He was the glue that held everything together," said Buddy Shadid.