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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-04-2006, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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R.I.P. Steve Irwin

Well as the title says Steve Irwin has passed away. He was shooting a documentary when a stingray's barb pierced his chest and heart killing him. The only thing I can say is atleast he died doing something he loved. I think it is wierd though that after all of the venomous snakes and other such creatures that he has messed with during his career it was a stingray that killed him.
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SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- Steve Irwin, the TV presenter known as the "Crocodile Hunter," has died after being stung by a stingray in a marine accident off Australia's north coast.

Media reports say Irwin was diving in waters off Port Douglas, north of Cairns, when the incident happened on Monday morning.

Irwin, 44 was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest, according to Cairns police sources. Irwin was filming an underwater documentary at the time.

Ambulance officers confirmed they attended a reef fatality Monday morning off Port Douglas, according to Australian media.

Queensland Police Services also confirmed Irwin's death and said his family had been notified. Irwin was director of the Australian Zoo in Queensland.

He is survived by his American-born wife Terri and their two children, Bindi Sue, born 1998, and Robert (Bob), born December 2003.

Irwin became a popular figure on Australian and international television through Irwin's close handling of wildlife, most notably the capture and relocation of crocodiles.

Irwin's enthusiastic approach to nature conservation and the environment won him a global following. He was known for his exuberance and use of the catch phrase "Crikey!"

But his image suffered a setback in January 2004 when he held his then 1-month-old baby Bob while feeding a crocodile at his Australian zoo.

In a statement released to Australian media, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer expressed his sorrow and said that he was fond of Irwin and was very appreciative of all the work he had done in promoting Australia overseas.

In 2003, Irwin spoke to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s Australian Story television program about how he was perceived in his home country.

"When I see what's happened all over the world, they're looking at me as this very popular, wildlife warrior Australian bloke," he said, the ABC reported.

"And yet back here in my own country, some people find me a little bit embarrassing. "You know, there's this... they kind of cringe, you know, 'cause I'm coming out with 'Crikey' and 'Look at this beauty.'"
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Sorry to hear that this morning; he was a little quirky, and very sad he leaves behind a wife with two young children.

What's also sad is that our society can't seem to get enough of people risking their lives as he did. I'm sure the need for "bigger and more dangerous" visual thrills in his videos has forced him to push the envelope with his stunts- - -

StingRay barbs are very painful and are coated with a toxic venom in themselves. Hopefully he didn't suffer too long since this injury pierced his heart.
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Sad day indeed. I was very shocked and saddend to hear the news this morning. One of the members of the C3 Corvette Forum section that lives in Australia posted the news this morning.
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Interesting article on Stingrays.
http://www.nswseakayaker.asn.au/mag/47/stingrays.html

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Sorry to hear that...My boys really enjoyed his work.
I personally thought he was a 'little nuts' but I we will
miss him. Prayers for his family...

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Steve "CH"

I have enjoyed all of Steve's adventures since he started on TV in the 90s. He definitely was one of a kind, both a friend to animals and people alike. US TV has pissed me off, when informing us of his death they kept showing the only controversal issue of his life (feeding the "croc" while holding his son); of all the terrific things he had accomplished, they air that clip. What jackasses!
RIP Stevo, the world will miss people like you.
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They've been showing stuff on him all day on Animal Planet. I didn't know about his death, but was wondering about the programs, and why so many of them. Very sad day indeed.
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Uh....Nobody saw this coming right?
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