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Australia's "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin dies
Monday September 4, 06:41 AM
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Steve Irwin, the quirky Australian naturalist who won worldwide acclaim, was killed by a stingray barb through the chest on Monday while diving off Australia's northeast coast, emergency officials and witnesses said.
"Steve was hit by a stingray in the chest," said local diving operator Steve Edmondson, whose Poseidon boats were out on the Great Barrier Reef when the accident occurred.
"He probably died from a cardiac arrest from the injury," he said.
Police and ambulance officials later confirmed Irwin had died and said his family had been advised.
Irwin, 44, was killed while filming an underwater documentary off Port Douglas.
Irwin had been diving off his boat "Croc One" near Batt Reef northeast of Port Douglas. A helicopter had taken paramedics to nearby Low Isles where Irwin was taken for medical treatment but he was dead before they arrived, police said.
Irwin won a global following for his dare-devil antics but also triggered outrage in 2004 by holding his then one-month-old baby while feeding a snapping crocodile at his Australian zoo.
He made almost 50 of his "Crocodile Hunter" documentaries which appeared on cable TV channel Animal Planet and won a worldwide audience.
The series ended after he was criticised for the incident with his young son and for disturbing whales, seals and penguins while filming in Antarctica.
Khaki-clad Irwin became famous for his seemingly death-defying methods with wild animals, including crocodiles and snakes.
He made a cameo appearance alongside Eddie Murphy in the 2001 Hollywood film Dr Dolittle 2 and appeared on U.S. television shows such as "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and on children's television alongside The Wiggles.
Irwin was married with two children, Bindi Sue and Bob Clarence. His American-born wife Terri was his business partner and frequent on-screen collaborator.
 

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I feel bad for his family..... :<
That's pretty much where it ends for me. IMO, he became a careless showboat, more concerned with his image and fame than the environment. The incident with his son and the alligator cancelled out any respect I might have had for him. Was there much doubt that he'd be a casualty of his job?
 

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Steve Irwin was one of the few 'famous people' that I actually wanted to meet. His work with breeding and conservation of snakes and crocodillians made him famous with reptile nerds a decade before the show hit. His show brought a lot of things out to the people that were not in his 'niche' audience.

He was great for the animals. He was great for the environment. And he was fun to watch on TV. What a legacy he has left. He will be missed.
 

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Croc Hunter was cool.
What a stupid way to go though.
A sting ray?
If you said, "hey, the Croc Hunter was killed". I'd have no trouble believing that he was eaten by a croc, or a bear, or a shark or snake.
But a sting ray? That's just weird.

We'll miss ya Steve!:(
 

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Well, there's another animal I won't be messing around with.Death by stingray, how embarassing. :eek:
I wonder if it was caught on tape?
 

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Well, there's another animal I won't be messing around with.Death by stingray, how embarassing. :eek:
I wonder if it was caught on tape?
It was but, the authorities are holding it for evidence.

That and wouldn't be kind of a "Snuff tape" of sorts?
 

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evidence for what???

do they plan to press charges on the ray?..........i mean good grief.......it sounds like it was a freak accident
they are called 'sting rays' for a reason
 

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I hope they release the tape to public soon. I mean im not the kind of person that enjoys seeing people die in real life, but I would like to see just how it happened. I know Ogrish.com has alot of real death videos and stuff, so ide look for it there before I looked anywhere else.
 

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I hope they release the tape to public soon. I mean im not the kind of person that enjoys seeing people die in real life, but I would like to see just how it happened. I know Ogrish.com has alot of real death videos and stuff, so ide look for it there before I looked anywhere else.
Thats disturbing that you would say that ....I wanna ask you somthing would you want your father or husband or any other family member's death on video all over the net?
 

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No I wouldn't, but its kind of like an accident to me. If I see a car accident in the road, I'de look, even though you really should not. I'de just like to see what really happened for myself, I'm sure there are plenty of other people that would watch it if it was on the net.
 

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I think there is a human curiousity that surrounds this. I do believe that because of all the celebrity status and publicity going on, the news would love to show this and there would be a lot of people viewing it. I mean, the newspapers are still trying to show Princess Di's tragic car accident because they know there is an interest in this. I also remember waiting in line to pay for my groceries and right on the newspaper stands there was on the front page the Columbine killers after they committed suicide.
 
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