Frank Cole, a Canadian, having completed a successful crossing of the Sahara from the Mauritanian coast to the Red Sea, was killed on his second attempt in northern Mali by bandits in 1990. I am something of an admirer of his, he shot a documentary of his first travel entitled 'Life Without Death', which I saw here, in Vancouver, at a the film festival a number of years ago. This fed an obsession I pick like a scab by reading the stories you post here. Just thought to add my two cents, as this may be the person referred to. He was a brave and talented man.
I am going because I cannot not go.