Monday, September 04, 2006

Steve Irwin dies at 44

I just heard the news a few minutes ago ...

Sep 4, 1:39 AM (ET)

"BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - 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.

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."

Steve Irwin was one of my all time favorite celebrities, easily making a top ten list, and will be greatly missed. Whether or not you thought the man was crazy his message on wildlife conservation will hopefully live on in his absence.


Liz said...

Yeah, we were having to tell people about it all day, 'cause Kathy brought in her bobblehead and we set up a little memorial type thing.

Jen said...


Benji said...

Thank you for noticing that he did more than act a little nutty on camera. This is nothing short of a tragedy and most people just shrug like any actor kicked it at a coke party. Out of all the good things you can find on him, the worst thing I've heard about him is that people didn't like the exposure he allowed between his kids and the animals. He was an amazing man, and had a spectacular understanding of the animals he respected and championed.

Dave said...

In all honesty, my first words on hearing this were "I'm amazed he lasted this long."

Kristen said...

I agree with Benji...Steve Irwin is someone I've idolized for years. As a Biology major with a concentration in ecology and conservation, I have nothing but the utmost respect for him, and the deepest admiration for his efforts to preserve a dwindling wildlife population.

the man said...

One wonders... perhaps Steve Irwin should have used more sunscreen to protect against harmful rays?