Annie Lennox has paid tribute to veteran American war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed – along with a French photojournalist, Remi Ochlik – in Syria earlier this week.

“I’ve just learned the terrible news that veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in the besieged Syrian town of Homs earlier today, after the house that she was staying in was shelled,” she blogged on Facebook. “Marie was one of those special people that made you stand in awe. Boundlessly courageous, and passionately dedicated to justice and human rights, exceptional and exemplary, she was simply outstanding. I am deeply saddened to hear that her life has been taken, and bow my head to her nobility, and everything she stood for. My profound condolences go out to her family and friends.”

Other stars to pay tribute to the journalists included Mia Farrow and Colin Firth's wife, Livia.

Over 7,600 people have been killed in Syria since violence began 11 months ago.

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