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    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Steve Irwin, the Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the Crocodile Hunter, was killed Monday by a stingray barb during a diving expedition, Australian media reported. 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.

    its not a tragedy to die doing something you love
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    i have nothing left to say

    rip steve

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    • #3
      Wow...Rest in Peace Steve Irwin.


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      • #4
        Bound to happen, and I'm sure there was no other fitting way for Steve to go.

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        • #5

          My kids loved him.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by NameUsedBefore
            Bound to happen, and I'm sure there was no other fitting way for Steve to go.


            What a bummer.

            Not to make light of someone's passing...but damn, he did some crazy stuff! Obviously, I would've expected a crocodile attack...

            RIP Mr. Irwin


            • #7
              Crazy, all that time with croc's and a stingray gets him.

              Rays can be pretty bad. My PE teacher at high school got hit in the stomach by one and was off work for 10 months.

              My thoughts and prayers are with his family
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              • #8
                thats too bad leaving behind his wife and young children...

                he was funny and we enjoyed watching his shows.....
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                • #9

                  Sting ray bard through the chest...

                  THE Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, is dead.

                  He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said today.

                  It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest.

                  He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary when the tragedy occured.

                  Ambulance officers confirmed they attended a reef fatality this morning at Batt Reef off Port Douglas.

                  Irwin's body is being flown to Cairns.

                  It is believed his American-born wife Terri is trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania and is yet to be told of her husband's death.

                  Irwin - known worldwide as the Crocodile Hunter - is famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchcry "Crikey!".

                  The father of two's Crocodile Hunter program was first broadcast in 1992 and has been shown around the world on cable network Discovery.

                  He has also starred in movies and has developed the Australia Zoo wildlife park, north of Brisbane, which was started by his parents Bob and Lyn Irwin.

                  Tributes have already started pouring in for the larger-than-life character.

                  Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who used a photograph of his family at Australia Zoo for his official Christmas card last year, hailed Mr Irwin for his work in promoting Australia.

                  Irwin was heavily involved in last year's "G'Day LA" campaign.

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

                  A Tourism Queensland spokeswoman said the death was shocking and paid tribute to Irwin's "enormous contribution" to his adopted state.

                  Louise Yates said it was impossible to quantify how much Mr Irwin had meant to the Queensland tourism industry.

                  "I don't think we could even estimate how much he brought us through his personality and his profile and his enthusiasm about Queensland," she said.

                  "It would be difficult to estimate how much he was worth. And it would be difficult to underestimate."

                  She said Irwin had been a larger-than-life ambassador.

                  "It's not just what he brought but what he took with him when he travelled, his passion."

                  Australia Zoo, on southeast Queensland's Sunshine Coast, employs more than 500 people and attracts thousands of visitors every day.

                  But Ms Yates said it would be "unfair and unjust" to put a dollar value on Irwin's worth to the state, because of how much he had given.


                  • #10
                    wow, that is sad. i loved his show. he will be missed.


                    • #11
                      Wow, how sad, yet its not a shocker how he died. R.I.P Steve Irwin


                      • #12
                        Oh my God... That's crazy!!!!!!

                        RIP Steve, always loved your show!


                        • #13
                          Thats sad, and Shocking. May he rest in peace



                          • #14
                            RIP Steve, we will miss you.

                            and my prayers go out to his family.


                            • #15
                              Even though it was kind of bound to happen seeing as what profession he is in, I am still shocked.

                              R.I.P. Steve