NBC stood by their story, but later agreed to a reported settlement of $500,000 in December 1997. They issued a statement saying they agreed on the settlement to protect confidential sources.
The settlements—NBC's for more than $500,000 and CNN under that figure—came without any retraction by NBC or CNN. "The journalists simply weren't prepared to do that," the industry source said.
Jewell, 43, who now works as a sheriff’s deputy in a rural county, says he never considered himself a hero for warning people.
The settlement money he won bought houses for Jewell and his mother, and eventually he found work as a deputy sheriff in Meriwether county, Georgia, where sheriff Steve Whitlock described him as a "go-getter" who "ate and drank his job".
Last year, on the 10th anniversary of the bombing, Jewell remarked: "I never sought to be a hero ... [I was] just one of many trained professionals who did their jobs that night."
He was struck with severe diabetes earlier this year and suffered from heart and kidney disease. He was found dead on his bedroom floor by his wife, Dana. She and his mother survive him.
• Richard Allensworth Jewell, law enforcement officer, born December 17 1962; died August 28 2007.
Ya see moleman, some stories just ain't so.