Monday, September 04, 2006

Crikey! Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Dead

Conservationist and TV show host Steve Irwin, known as the Crocodile Hunter, has died after being stung by a stingray in a marine accident off Australia's north coast.

Media reports say Irwin was snorkeling at Batt Reef, a part of the Great Barrier Reef about 9 miles from the town of Port Douglas, when the incident happened on Monday morning.

Irwin, 44, was killed by a stingray barb that pierced his chest, according to Cairns police sources.

Irwin was director of the Australia Zoo in Queensland. He is survived by his American-born wife Terri and their two children, Bindi Sue, born 1998, and Robert (Bob), born December 2003.

I hadn't seen much of Steve Irwin on TV lately, but when I went to Australia in June, they showed a video on the plane about Australia's strict quarantine laws. The host of the video was, of course, Steve Irwin.


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