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The Mad Monk
04-09-2006, 07:34:33
Steve Irwin dead

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, 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.
Nature lover

In 2003, he spoke to the ABC's Australian Story about how he was perceived in his country.

"When I see what's happened all over the world, they're looking at me as this very popular, wildlife warrior Australian bloke," he said.

"And yet back here in my own country, some people find me a little bit embarrassing.

"You know, there's this... they kind of cringe, you know, 'cause I'm coming out with 'Crikey' and 'Look at this beauty'.

"Just say what you're gonna say, mate. You know, is it a cultural cringe? Is it, they actually see a little bit of themselves when they see me, and they find that a little embarrassing?

"I'm fair dinkum, like kangaroos and Land Cruisers, winged keels and bloody flies! I think we've lost all that. I think we've all become very, sort of, money people."

He also spoke of his love for surfing.

"You get out there, it's just you against the waves.

"There's no paparazzi, there's no fan base, and it gives me a chance to recuperate and regenerate.

"I think I've actually got animals so genetically inside me that there's no way I could actually be anything else.

"I think my path would have always gone back to or delivered me to wildlife. I think wildlife is just like a magnet, and it's something that I can't help."


I can't say this was entirely unexpected, but still...:(

04-09-2006, 07:57:58
I was just going to post this.

Really sad news. :( :(

04-09-2006, 08:02:34
And totally bizarre, although he was always going into such dangerous situations, you did kinda think he was indestructible.

04-09-2006, 08:17:40
:( If you were going to put money on it you'd have gone for "Croc's Lunch" not "Stingray Stabbing".

04-09-2006, 08:23:58

Sad news.

Lazarus and the Gimp
04-09-2006, 08:36:44
It's amazing how many people I've upset by simply posting "CRIKEY!!" about this.

04-09-2006, 08:37:11
:eek: :(

Lazarus and the Gimp
04-09-2006, 08:40:49
Stingrays are pretty docile fish. You've really got to piss them off to get stung.

04-09-2006, 08:42:28
And even if you do i believe fatal stingings are pretty rare, so he was rather unlucky really.

Skanky Burns
04-09-2006, 09:26:25
3rd on record in Australia, apparently.

04-09-2006, 09:36:14
They managed to hush up the other 100,000

Provost Harrison
04-09-2006, 09:59:50
Yeah, I think most people thought if he was going to go, it would have been by crocodile, but apparently not. Death is never a nice thing, but I suppose he who lives by the sword dies by the sword...he died doing what he enjoys...

Greg W
04-09-2006, 10:18:15
His kids will never be the same. Who else would dangle them in front of a croc?


Still, jokes aside, it's very sad. Despite being a bit of a twit at times (and aren't we all), he did a lot for nature.

04-09-2006, 11:11:55

04-09-2006, 11:26:42
Stingray had the best title sequence of any program ever

04-09-2006, 12:17:05
Originally posted by Funko


04-09-2006, 12:46:57
Was a matter of time with the crazy chances he was always taking.

BTW, I also loved Stingray.

04-09-2006, 13:31:12
I really hated that guy, but this is a rather extreme measure of taking him off the air.

04-09-2006, 14:38:15
The crocs paid that singtray off.

04-09-2006, 17:56:27
tragic and almost ironic
cocodile dandee must have been one of the silliest films i ever saw (excluding some french artsy ones)

04-09-2006, 19:04:32
um, that was paul hogan, not steve irwin...

The Mad Monk
04-09-2006, 19:14:03
Originally posted by Venom
The crocs paid that singtray off.

Maybe...it looks like it was an ambush.

04-09-2006, 20:27:51
Originally posted by Beta1
um, that was paul hogan, not steve irwin...

oh. i heard this news from a friend who said crodilakias was dead so i thought...
never trust a journalist.

04-09-2006, 20:36:45
Very strange.


05-09-2006, 03:31:40
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
It's amazing how many people I've upset by simply posting "CRIKEY!!" about this.

how many boards do you post at?

05-09-2006, 13:06:23
ppl are bored wherever he posts

05-09-2006, 13:15:06
I heard today te entire thing is on film, but its up to the family whether it is shown.

05-09-2006, 13:16:20
they'll show it

his wife is just as nuts as he is

05-09-2006, 13:24:18
corocodiles are no pets but they make pretty kewl boots

05-09-2006, 13:28:59
and wallets.

05-09-2006, 13:37:47
and boots.

05-09-2006, 14:23:04
You said boots twice.

05-09-2006, 14:55:07
They come in pairs

05-09-2006, 15:11:39
Originally posted by paiktis22
crodilakias :lol: :lol: :lol:

I now have visions over an overhairy croc sitting under an olive tree, bitching about being the cradle of civilization.

05-09-2006, 15:27:36
It's to bad no one one on youtube has posted that FedEx commercial he did a few years back. It was a great self parody.

Croc Hunter: "Here we have the deadly XXXX snake who's bite will kill a man in just 10 seconds. Luckily, I am a highly trained professional who... (snake bites the croc hunter)

Croc Hunter: "Luckily, we had the anti-venom shipped to us via Federal Express and..."

Assistant: (runs up to the croc hunter and whispers in his ear.)

Croc Hunter: "It seems we didn't use Federal Express and the package didn't arrive on time. No worries we can still try to... (croc hunter falls over dead)

FedEx spokesman: When the package absolutely must arrive on time then make it FedEx.

05-09-2006, 15:36:48
very sad, very strange

I like Jeff Corwin better now, but Steve Irwin was the one that got me rehooked on animal shows.

05-09-2006, 15:41:31
I think there's group therapy for such addictions

05-09-2006, 16:30:21
Apparently he was alive enough after the sting to pull the stinger out. Probably not a smart move.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
05-09-2006, 17:29:40
Pbft. Jeff Corwin is such a wannabe.

The Mad Monk
05-09-2006, 19:37:48
Originally posted by Venom
Apparently he was alive enough after the sting to pull the stinger out. Probably not a smart move.

I think the stingray was still attached to it at the time.

05-09-2006, 19:57:41
Originally posted by Venom
Apparently he was alive enough after the sting to pull the stinger out. Probably not a smart move.

he was gone either way. I think they have venom in them don't they?

05-09-2006, 20:09:09

05-09-2006, 20:17:57
Usually not lethal. Though I have no idea of it's lethality when applied directly to the heart. I think at that point the tearing and ripping of the heart is more important than worrying about the venom.

05-09-2006, 20:33:44
jesjes never worry about THE Venom....NEVAH!!!!

05-09-2006, 20:40:03
Crikey!!! <--- I'm clever;)

05-09-2006, 20:41:30
Originally posted by mr_G
jesjes never worry about THE Venom....NEVAH!!!!

Not when you already have a knife in the heart.

05-09-2006, 20:42:54
he just does that to distract!

05-09-2006, 23:03:57
Originally posted by Venom
I think at that point the tearing and ripping of the heart is more important than worrying about the venom.

You always have to worry about people like Venom. ;)

08-09-2006, 09:51:27
weird thing, it happened before that someone got stung in the heart by a stingray, but that one survived

detailed description here

08-09-2006, 13:58:46
wow, just nicked him