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09-04-2006, 12:24 AM #1
Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) Killed By Stingray
09-04-2006, 12:37 AM #2
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed
TV Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed by Stingray Barb in Diving Expedition
BRISBANE, Australia Sep 4, 2006 (AP)— Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition, Australian media said. He was 44.
Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Queensland state when the accident occurred, Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site.
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. said Irwin was diving near Low Isles near the resort town of Port Douglas, about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane.
A helicopter carrying paramedics flew to the island, but he died from a stingray barb to the heart, ABC reported on its Web site.
Telephone calls to Australia Zoo, Irwin's zoo in southern Queensland, were not immediately answered.
Irwin is famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry "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 his Australia Zoo reptile park by carrying his 1-year-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 against him.
09-04-2006, 12:44 AM #3
OMG!We have lost a man is so passionate in doing his work.My condolence to his family.
09-04-2006, 12:59 AM #4
My condolences. He's brought many a smile with his enthusiasm and zeal for life.
09-04-2006, 01:13 AM #5
I'm shocked when I heard this about 11 mins ago.
His kids are still so young.....
09-04-2006, 02:06 AM #6
How sad. We lost someone who brought wild life right into our living room with his daring encounters with those reptiles. In many instances he was on the edge of petulance. But then, without petulance, TV ratings can never be sustainable.......I wonder. My deepest condolences to his family. His legacy will live on.
09-04-2006, 02:34 AM #7
i just came back from school and saw this sad news on Yahoo....I was shocked and wanted to post a thread bout it on BC but found out tat some1 already made a thread bout it....
man.....I use to be a big fan of his....this is really unexpected....
09-04-2006, 02:50 AM #8
Originally Posted by **KZ**
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09-04-2006, 03:18 AM #9
This is really sad. What he did to educated the people about animals is good. In fact i've learned a great deal from his shows and even my visit to his Zoo in Aust. My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed!
09-04-2006, 03:23 AM #10
Really sad. =[
I still remember when I used to watch Crocodile Hunter when I was small.
09-04-2006, 04:41 AM #11
woah, what a tragedy .... he was such an enthusiatic man as well!
09-04-2006, 05:02 AM #12
Its so sad that my first post back to BC after months of absense is to pay condolences to Stevie's family.
I love his knowledge, his bravery and his showmanship. His personality never fail amaze me, I must admit my knowledge zoology comes mostly from him apart from the encyclopedia. I guess its the reruns that I'll have to follow from now on.
May we be thankful for what he gave to the audience. Rest in peace Stevie, forgive that stringray.
09-04-2006, 09:16 AM #13
guess what ppl? i jus found out tthat my sis in Melbourne saw it happened...well....she saw what happened after the incident....
09-04-2006, 10:30 AM #14
Was she at the scene? or She saw it on TV?
09-04-2006, 10:35 AM #15
09-04-2006, 10:39 AM #16
No disrespect meant to any party, but I think Steve's reckless cowboy wild west style of going up close with animals as if they're fluffy toys did him in this time. You can only get so lucky and unfortunately sir, your time has run out Mr Irwin. May you enjoy eternal discussions with the big guy up in the big blue sky about the magnificent animals put on this planet.
09-04-2006, 11:07 AM #17
Well i'm really still saddened by the news of his demise. I hope the family and the org will still continue his passion on educating people about animals.
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