Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead!!

We all knew it was coming – nobody with his zest for life could hold onto it for very long.

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Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead
NEWS.com.au
By staff writers

September 04, 2006 02:14pm
Article from: NEWS.com.au

THE Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, is dead.

He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said today.

It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest.

He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary when the tragedy occured.

Ambulance officers confirmed they attended a reef fatality this morning at Batt Reef off Port Douglas.

Irwin’s body is being flown to Cairns.

It is believed his American-born wife Terri is trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and is yet to be told of her husband’s death.

Irwin – known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter – is famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry “Crikey!”.

The father of two’s Crocodile Hunter program was first broadcast in 1992 and has been shown around the world on cable network Discovery.

He has also starred in movies and has developed the Australia Zoo wildlife park, north of Brisbane, which was started by his parents Bob and Lyn Irwin.

Tributes have already started pouring in for the larger-than-life character.

UPDATE: Irwin was shooting a show on dangerous marine life and following a poisonous stingray in shallow water, very very close (sound familiar?). The Ray was spooked, it reared and nailed him with its barb straight through the heart. Irwin was too close to get away.

Apparently the whole incident was caught on film.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted September 4, 2006 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Too sad! Everytime I saw the man’s show I cringed.

  2. Posted September 4, 2006 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    CRIKEY!

    He went the way we all knew he would: violently, accidentally, bestially and weirdly. Some critter got him.

    By the way – just saw that it was on film too. Again not at all suprised.

  3. Posted September 5, 2006 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    My heart goes out to his wife, Terri, and two young children, Bindi and Bob.

  4. Posted September 5, 2006 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    The Beast is so torn by this accident. Irwin was such a cool guy and he did not deserve to go as he did – nobody does.

    But gee, he was 44 years old with a lovely wife and two beautiful kids. With those kinds of responsibilites can a man really justify doing the same wildly dangerous stunts he did in his 20’s?

    Life is just so complicated.


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