Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin dead

“The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin has died from a sting ray barb to the chest.

The wacky host, best known for his catch-phrase “Crikey!” has entertained viewers with is close encounters with deadly critters from crocs to pit vipers.

Irwin, 44, was shooting a documentary in Queensland when the accident happened, reports say. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Irwin’s American-born wife Terri was trekking in Tasmania and was not immediately told of her husband’s death. She was later notified. The two have a son, Bob, 3 and a daughter, Bindi, 8. He had taken a break from filming his own documentary to shoot some footage for his daughter Bindi’s new TV series.

Irwin caught some flack in January 2004 when he shocked an audience at his Australia Zoo reptile park by carrying his 1-year-old son into the crocodile pen during a show and tossed the reptile a piece of meat. People thought he was putting his son in danger, which Irwin denied.

For years, there have been reports of Irwin’s death. So many that he has even written on his Website that he’s never been killed by any snakes, crocs, spiders or even a beetle crawling into his ear as one report said.


  1. Betsy Kennedy said,

    September 5, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    Steve Irwin will be missed. He was a funny and entertaining guy and he will always be THE Croc Hunter. It brought much sadness to our family.

  2. Betsy Kennedy said,

    September 5, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    Steve Irwin will always be THE CROC HUNTER. I enjoyed watching his movies on animal planet. I still cant believe he,s gone. He made me laugh, and also learn about the crocs. we will miss you Steve..

  3. Cora said,

    September 5, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    I think it’s crazy that he died!! After all the CRAZY thing’s he has done… a stingray?? Hum, go figure. He’ll be missed!

  4. christie bulcao said,

    September 6, 2006 at 11:27 am

    Our family is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Steve Irwin. He made a huge impact on outr lives. I am equally upset by the American press who instead of celebrating his life are still playing repeats of his career mistakes. There is so much more to applaud. A champion of conservation and wildlife protection. Exposure to some of the worlds most fantastic species and the balance that their lives precariously rest in. A great father and role model. A passion for life that most people will never awaken to. We were lucky to be in the world with him, a treasure taken too soon.

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