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OT-Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed--how sad

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  • Vickie
    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the Crocodile Hunter, was killed
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      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. He was 44.

      Irwin was filming an underwater documentary on the Great Barrier
      Reef in northeastern Queensland state when he was stung, Sydney's
      The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its Web site.
      He collapsed at Batt Reef, near Low Isle and the resort town of Port
      Douglas, Queensland state police said in a statement. Port Douglas
      is about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane, the state capital.
      A rescue helicopter rushed to the scene but Irwin had died, the
      statement said.

      Queensland ambulance service spokesman Bob Hamil confirmed that a
      diver had been killed by a stingray off Lowe Isles Reef and said
      cause of death appeared to be a "stingray strike to the chest."
      Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his
      catchword "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 month-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 Eugene, Ore., and
      their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in
      December.

      Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who used a photograph of his
      family at Australia Zoo for his official Christmas card last year,
      hailed Irwin for his work in promoting Australia through projects
      such as "G'Day LA," an Australian tourism and trade promotion week
      in Los Angeles in January.

      "The minister knew him, was fond of him and was very, very
      appreciative of all the work he'd done to promote Australia
      overseas," Downer's spokesman Tony Parkinson said.
      Stingrays have flat bodies and tails with serrated spines, which
      contain venom and can cause cuts and puncture wounds. The creatures
      are not aggressive and injury usually occurs when a swimmer or diver
      accidentally steps on one.

      From Yahoo

      CAIRNS, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian
      television personality and environmentalist known as the "Crocodile
      Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming an underwater
      documentary on the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44

      Irwin was killed by a stingray barb to the heart on Batt Reef, off
      the remote resort town of Port Douglas in northeastern Queensland
      state, his wildlife park Australia Zoo said in a statement.

      Crew members aboard Irwin's boat, Croc One, called emergency
      services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they
      rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter.
      Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead a short time later, the
      statement said.

      Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his
      catchword "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.

      "The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate
      conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet," John
      Stainton, Irwin's friend and producer, said in the statement. "He
      died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and
      peaceful state of mind. Crocs Rule!"

      Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, who used a photograph of his
      family at Australia Zoo for his official Christmas card last year,
      hailed Irwin for his work in promoting Australia through projects
      such as "G'Day LA," an Australian tourism and trade promotion week
      in Los Angeles in January.

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

      Irwin's dedication to conservationist causes led him to become 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."

      However, Irwin had also received negative publicity in recent years.
      In January 2004, he stunned onlookers at the Australia Zoo reptile
      park by carrying his month-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.

      He is survived by his American wife Terri, from Eugene, Ore., and
      their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in
      December.

      The couple met when she went on vacation in Australia in 1991 and
      visited Irwin's Australia Zoo; they were married six months later.
      Sometimes referred to as the Crocodile Huntress, she costarred on
      her husband's television show and in the 2002 movie, "The Crocodile
      Hunters: Collision Course."

      Stingrays have flat bodies and tails with serrated spines, which
      contain venom and can cause cuts and puncture wounds. The creatures
      are not aggressive and injury usually occurs when a swimmer or diver
      accidentally steps on one.
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