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posted September 04, 2006 02:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Eleanore     Edit/Delete Message
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, 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 Reef near the resort town of Port Douglas, about 1,260 miles north of the state capital of Brisbane.

Queensland ambulance service spokesman Bob Hamil confirmed that a diver had been killed by a stingray off Lowe Isles Reef but refused to say who the victim was until relatives had been notified.

A rescue helicopter was sent from the nearby city of Cairns, and paramedics from it confirmed the diver's death.

"The probable cause of death is stingray strike to the chest," Hamil said.

Staff at Australia Zoo, Irwin's zoo in southern Queensland, said they had heard the reports but could not comment.

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 the 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.

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 Oregon, and their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.


Sending some loving thoughts to his family and friends.

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posted September 04, 2006 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message

I was so shccked and I still am. How can this be? What was the purpose of his death? Couldn't his spirit guides have warned him? This is just too unreal. I am so sad and feel so bad for his wife Terry, his daughter Bindy and his son (don't know son's name). Ugh what kind of world is this, when we lose someone so dynamic, so effervescent, so young?

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posted September 04, 2006 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
I just read about it I can't believe it.... to Terri, Bindi and Bob

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posted September 05, 2006 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
I am still sad, upset and devastated.

My sweet Animal Planet Icon! No WAY!!!!

I will never get over this.

It makes absolutely NO SENSE to end his life. Universe, what WERE you thinking?!

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posted September 07, 2006 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teaselbaby     Edit/Delete Message
I read this on another site the other night:

Steve: The most important thing in Bindis life is that shes grown up in a zoo. Crikey, were all over the crocs, the snakes, the birds, the turtles, the kangaroos and the koalas. Bindis passionate about animals, but shes also into singing, dancing and dress-ups, like any other little girl. We were up in Cape York Peninsula catching crocodiles and this particular croc that Id caught was over four metres and he was scary! Bindi walks down from the camp to find me hanging off this crocodile and says, Excuse me, Daddy, when youre finished here could you please come back to the camp and play with Barbie? So when Id finished with the croc, I went back to the camp and played with the Barbie dolls. Id do anything to spend time with my daughter.

Bindi: I love that hes funny, hes entertaining and hes always there when I need him most. Im proud to have a dad like that, who takes on conservation issues around the world. I love him very, very much.

Source: Australian Marie Claire, September 2006, pg 54 (their Father's Day issue)

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posted September 08, 2006 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
Teaselbaby ~ that is SO SWEET!

Ugh this is why I get so mad at the Universe, why should someone who is such a great father, family man, and person HAVE to be taken from this world? It makes no sense!!! Aaaugggh!

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posted September 13, 2006 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message

"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Lewis Carroll

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posted September 13, 2006 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pidaua     Edit/Delete Message
It just doesn't seem real. He was such a wonderful man and activist for all that is crocidile (as well as spreading much needed education about animals that we normally regard as creepy, scary or downright ugly).

His poor family - my heart is with them.

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posted September 15, 2006 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harpyr     Edit/Delete Message
My husband is an avid repile fan and Steve Irwin's shocking and tragic death was hard news for us to hear. We wept for his family and for all the animals who would have benefitted from this wonderful man's continued good work that was cut short.

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