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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-04-2006, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin Killed by Stingray on Great Barrier Reef

CAIRNS, Australia Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of northeastern Queensland state, shooting a segment for a series called "Ocean's Deadliest" when he swam too close to one of the animals, which have a poisonous barb on their tails, his friend and colleague John Stainton said.

"He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.

Crew members aboard the boat, Croc One, called emergency services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter.

Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead when they arrived a short time later, Stainton said.

Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword "Crikey!" in his television program "Crocodile Hunter." First broadcast in Australia in 1992, the program was picked up by the Discovery network, catapulting Irwin to international celebrity.

He rode his image into a feature film, 2002's "The Crocodile Hunters: Collision Course" and developed the wildlife park that his parents opened, Australia Zoo, into a major tourist attraction.

"The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet," Stainton told reporters in Cairns. "He died doing what he loved best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. He would have said, 'Crocs Rule!'"

Prime Minister John Howard, who hand-picked Irwin to attend a gala barbecue to honor President Bush when he visited in 2003, said he was "shocked and distressed at Steve Irwin's sudden, untimely and freakish death."

"It's a huge loss to Australia," Howard told reporters. "He was a wonderful character. He was a passionate environmentalist. He brought joy and entertainment and excitement to millions of people."

Irwin, who made a trademark of hovering dangerously close to untethered crocodiles and leaping on their backs, spoke in rapid-fire bursts with a thick Australian accent and was almost never seen without his uniform of khaki shorts and shirt and heavy boots.

Wild animal expert Jack Hanna, who frequently appears on TV with his subjects, offered praise for Irwin.

"Steve was one of these guys, we thought of him as invincible," Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo and Aquarium, told an American television morning show Monday.

"The guy was incredible. His knowledge was incredible," Hanna said. "Some people that are doing this stuff are actors and that type of thing, but Steve was truly a zoologist, so to speak, a person who knew what he was doing. Yes, he did things a lot of people wouldn't do. I think he knew what he was doing."

Irwin's ebullience was infectious and Australian officials sought him out for photo opportunities and to promote Australia internationally.

His public image was dented, however, in 2004 when he caused an uproar by holding his infant son in one arm while feeding large crocodiles inside a zoo pen.

Irwin claimed at the time there was no danger to the child, and authorities declined to charge Irwin with violating safety regulations.

Later that year, he was accused of getting too close to penguins, a seal and humpback whales in Antarctica while making a documentary. Irwin denied any wrongdoing, and an Australian Environment Department investigation recommended no action be taken against him.

Stingrays have a serrated, toxin-loaded barb, or spine, on the top of their tail. The barb, which can be up to 10 inches long, flexes if a ray is frightened.

Stings usually occur to people when they step on or swim too close to a ray and can be excruciatingly painful but are rarely fatal, said University of Queensland marine neuroscientist Shaun Collin.

Collin said he suspected Irwin died because the barb pierced under his ribcage and directly into his heart.

"It was extraordinarily bad luck. It's not easy to get spined by a stingray, and to be killed by one is very rare," Collin said.

News of Irwin's death spread quickly, and tributes flowed from all quarters of society.

At Australia Zoo at Beerwah, south Queensland, floral tributes were dropped at the entrance, where a huge fake crocodile gapes. Drivers honked their horns as they passed.

"Steve, from all God's creatures, thank you. Rest in peace," was written on a card with a bouquet of native flowers.

"We're all very shocked. I don't know what the zoo will do without him. He's done so much for us, the environment and it's a big loss," said Paula Kelly, a local resident and volunteer at the zoo, after dropping off a wreath at the gate.

Stainton said Irwin's American-born wife Terri, from Eugene, Ore., had been informed of his death, and had told their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.

The couple met when she went on vacation in Australia in 1991 and visited Irwin's Australia Zoo; they were married six months later.

Sometimes referred to as the "Crocodile Huntress," she costarred on her husband's television show and in his 2002 movie.

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Yeah i heard about that, it sucks. He was fun to watch..
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I saw this shit on the news today and i found myself jealous of the fact that he has wrestled live animals and i have not.
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Are you serious! I can't believe it! I thought this guy would never die on his job, he knows what he is doing most of the time. I'm speechless. He was a funny guy. But lately hasn't been on North American television. I never knew he died I should've known. Good guy.
I always knew he would die on the job. I just figured that irony would come around and he would get killed by a croc. I remember that one guy who lived with the bears in Alaska and then he got mauled by a rogue bear. Well they knew what they were getting into.

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That is a great loss and his wife was or still is hiking in Australia and still might not know yet. I feel bad or his family and friends prayers go out to them, he was a great man and wildlife enthusiast.

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He is gone, but will not be forgotten.

R.I.P. Steve Irwin

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Yeah I saw that on the news this morning. I was surprised that of all the things he has done he get's killed my a Ray...I thought it would be a croc or something that would eventually get him. RIP.
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This is insane. It doesn't seem real. Although we all knew it would happen eventually. It's like having your grandmother die, you know it's gonna happen, but when it does it's so shocking. I used to watch his show a lot. Death sucks ass. RIP Steve and my deepest condolences to his family. This is depressing.
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I was very shocked when i read this too. At first i thought it was a internet hoax, but it all was to be true as the media started posting it everywhere.
He was a young guy too!

I guess you can only tempt fate for so long.
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Its a sad loss, but he made the best of the short time he had on this Earth. When the barb got lodged in his heart, and he pulled it out but it ripped his heart up and he collapsed. I thought it was entertaning to watch him be standing on a boat and see a croc and yell "A Croc!!!" and leap on it.
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