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Crocodile hunter dies..

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - Australian media is reporting that Steve Irwin died in a marine accident.


Irwin was the host of the highly popular "Crocodile Hunter" which aired on Discovery Channel's Animal Planet.


He apparently was killed by a stingray barb during a diving expedition. He was 44.

The accident happened while Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its web site.

The paper and other Australian media reporting the death cited police or state government sources.

Telephone calls to Australia Zoo, Irwin's zoo in southern Queensland, were not immediately answered.


My prayers go out to his family.
 

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Aw, that is really a sad thing to hear. I loved watching him with his family on T.V. He will be missed by all..:(
 

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That's a damn shame.

However, I knew it was gonna catch up to him...it was only a matter of time.
 

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I always enjoyed watching him on the animal planet channel, and watching him teaching about snakes, and spiders
 

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My prayers go out to the family too

i was just going to post this on here. LOL
anyways
yes its very sad. I saw on one news website that the stingray barbed him right in the chest, right where his heart was, so he was killed withing minutes.

I wonder what will happen to his farm.

My prayers go out to the family too
 

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BRISBANE, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition. He was 44.

Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state when he was stung, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site.

He collapsed at Batt Reef, near Low Isle and the resort town of Port Douglas, Queensland state police said in a statement. Port Douglas is about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane, the state capital.

A rescue helicopter rushed to the scene but Irwin had died, the statement said.

Queensland ambulance service spokesman Bob Hamil confirmed that a diver had been killed by a stingray off Lowe Isles Reef and said cause of death appeared to be a "stingray strike to the chest."

Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword "Crikey!" in his television program "Crocodile Hunter," which was first broadcast in Australia in 1992 and has aired around the world on the Discovery channel.

He rode his image into a feature film, and developed the Australia Zoo as a tourist attraction.

Irwin had received some negative publicity in recent years. In January 2004, he stunned onlookers at the Australia Zoo reptile park by carrying his month-old son into a crocodile pen during a wildlife show. He tucked the infant under one arm while tossing the 13-foot reptile a piece of meat with the other.

Authorities declined to charge Irwin for 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.

Irwin was also seen as a vocal critic of wildlife hunts in Australia. The federal government recently dropped plans to allow crocodile safaris for wealthy tourists in the Northern Territory following his vehement objections.

Irwin told the Australian television program "A Current Affair" that "killing one of our beautiful animals in the name of trophy hunting will have a very negative impact on tourism, which scares the living daylights out of me."

He is survived by his American wife Terri, from Eugene, Ore., and their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who used a photograph of his family at Australia Zoo for his official Christmas card last year, hailed Irwin for his work in promoting Australia through projects such as "G'Day LA," an Australian tourism and trade promotion week in Los Angeles in January.

"The minister knew him, was fond of him and was very, very appreciative of all the work he'd done to promote Australia overseas," Downer's spokesman Tony Parkinson said.

Stingrays have flat bodies and tails with serrated spines, which contain venom and can cause cuts and puncture wounds. The creatures are not aggressive and injury usually occurs when a swimmer or diver accidentally steps on one.
 

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Very sad news indeed - very rare injury. Enjoyed his enthusiasm for years, he was very likable character.

Best wishes go out to his family.
 

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Damn, a stingray barb straight into the heart. I expected him to die young, but I thought it would be from having been eaten by a crocodile!
 

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Like it was said, it was going to catch up with him one day. I always admired his enthusiasm for animals. I think alot of folks watched the show to see how close he would come to getting bit. I read over the years he had been bitten but there's always a medic that travels with the crew.

It's a sad day at my house over this but how many of us go, doing what we love to do? I'm glad he went doing what he loved vs. getting killed by a drunk driver or something stupid like that. His work here on earth was finished and he was called home. He lead a great life. He will be sorely missed.
 

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You know, as many celebs that have died in my lifetime, I do not think I ever really cared like I do with Steve's Death. It's like I lost a family member and I never even met the guy. It's strange.....Anyhow..RIP Steve and I hope Bindy and Bob someday carry on the legacy...
 

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I read about it when I got online this morning. Damn shame. He was good at what he did. My whole family used to watch him. We still will in his other doc's and movie. He will be missed.
 

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Last photo? Of who? Not Irwin...he was blond, and even though he had a tan all year it wasn't that dark.

Nice try with the troll post.
 
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Ya Real f'n funny muddymudskipper ..His wife has no husband, his 8 year old daughter and 3 year old son have no father

HAHAHHAHA

How could I have ever missed the humor here...Post Deleted..
 

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i am deeply saddened by his loss.the man had balls of steel to do the thing's he did.i will sorely miss watching his show.my wife on the other hand was not too crazy about him.she threatened to do me bodily harm for calling her at 8:00 am to tell her about his death.i think i'd prefer to take my chance's with the croc's !.
 

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They where saying on the radio here that a film crew caught his death on tape. Just a sad situation all the way around.

As for you Mudskipper....You idiot of my planet!:mad:
 
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