Gov. Bentley's statement on death of longtime AP photographer Dave Martin

Gov. Robert Bentley released a statement Wednesday morning on the death of longtime AP photographer Dave Martin.{} Martin's wife, Jamie, is a member of the governor's staff.

"Dave Martin was one of the best photojournalists that I have had the privilege of working with over the years. He has covered nearly every major news event in the South over his 30 year career. He traveled with me in the aftermath of the April 2011 tornado outbreak, and told the story of the storm's devastation in some of the best photos I have seen. Dave was well respected by all those who knew him and worked with him, and he leaves a great legacy of work with the Associated Press. Dianne and I are praying for Dave's wife Jamie, who is a valuable member of my staff, and their children Emily and Skip. May God bring them comfort and peace in the difficult days ahead."

Martin{}collapsed{}on the Georgia Dome field after the end of the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night.{} He suffered an apparent heart attack and died early Wednesday morning at Emory Hospital.{} Martin{}was{}59.

He ran onto the field immediately following Texas A&M's 52-48 win over Duke and took photos of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin being doused with a water bucket by his players. Martin continued to take celebration shots before collapsing on the field.