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Steve Irwin killed! by Ellerd on 4 September 2006 7:31am

The naturalist and television star Steve Irwin has died in a diving accident in far north Queensland. He was 44.

Police say he was stung through the heart by a stingray while diving off Port Douglas.

He was filming a documentary when the accident occurred around midday AEST near the Low Isles.

A helicopter arrived with paramedics on board to try to resuscitate him, but it was too late.

Irwin's body is being taken to the morgue in Cairns.

His family are believed to be flying from Brisbane to Cairns this afternoon.

Irwin, who was was born in Victoria in 1962, inherited his love of reptiles from his father.

His father Bob was a keen reptile enthusiast and moved the family to Queensland in 1970 to open a small reptile park on the Sunshine Coast.

Irwin took over the family business in 1991 and grew it into Australia Zoo.

In 1992 he ventured into television, making the first series of the Crocodile Hunter.

When the program aired in the United States, he shot to international fame.

Irwin is survived by his wife Terri and two children.

Re: Steve Irwin killed! by jaime on 4 September 2006 9:41am
Re: Steve Irwin killed! by perfectbitch on 4 September 2006 10:36am
Yes, I heard this on the news this morning - very sad. I must admit to thinking he was a little crazy with some of his antics but a genuine man whose heart was usually in the right place. Not this time though.

Re: Steve Irwin killed! by Ahren on 4 September 2006 12:00pm
That's really awful news, I feel so sorry for his family. I read it on the Guardian website this morning: http://www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,,1864423,00.html

So ironic as well
Re: Steve Irwin killed! by Wild in Africa on 4 September 2006 12:33pm
Greatly saddened to hear this as well though one couldn't help thinking that one day one of his beasties would get him.
He will be missed by all who loved his schoolboy enthusiasm.
Re: Steve Irwin killed! by peripatetically on 4 September 2006 12:44pm
I am truly shocked....and sad.
Re: Steve Irwin killed! by suzulu on 4 September 2006 2:10pm
I heard it on the news this morning - he was an amazing guy. Terrible for his family.
Re: Steve Irwin killed! by Helen on 4 September 2006 2:49pm
very very sad. He created such enthusiasm for conservation---he was such a lovable nut! He seemed unstoppable. Just shows you how powerful and dangerous some of Mother Nature's creatures can be.

He died doing what he loved. I am sure Terri and the kids will carry on and keep his vision alive.

Re: Steve Irwin killed! by canaveralgumby on 4 September 2006 5:16pm
He was truly a hero, at least to me. I am devastated today. His behavior was fodder for many a stand-up comedian!, but it worked. You don't know his work if you've been living in a cave. Of course, if you'd been living in a cave, he would have greatly admired you. :^)

What really devastates me is, two people who were the textbook definition of "soulmates," who found each other across oceans, have been separated from each other too soon.

Re: Steve Irwin killed! by sighthound on 4 September 2006 5:59pm
I literally woke up to this story on my clock-radio. What a sad way to start the day!

In our age of manufactured tv stars, Irwin was an honest original, someone who knew exactly what he was doing and was doing what he loved best in the world. Until today, he was one lucky man.
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