We all knew it was coming – nobody with his zest for life could hold onto it for very long.
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead
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.