Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has Died

September 5, 2006 · Print This Article

‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has died.

The wildlife presenter was filming a documentary off the coast of Australia this weekend when a stingray attacked him, using its poisonous barb to pierce his chest.

According to reports, paramedics flew out to the Great Barrier Reef to treat him but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Steve has left behind a wife, 42-year-old Terri, and two children – eight-year-old daughter Bindi and his son Bob, two. Along with a multi-million dollar wildlife empire.

5 thoughts on “Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has Died”

  1. Hudgens says:


    Steve Irwin’s last act was to pull out the bone-hard serrated spine tail that the stingray struck him directly in the chest with. So Steve’s manager John Stainton disclosed.

    “”It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray and the tail came up, and spiked him here (in the chest), and he pulled it out, and the next minute he’s gone,” Stainton told reporters in Cairns, the nearest city to tiny Batt Reef off Australia’s far northeast coast where the accident happened.

    The tape was not released to the public. Queensland state police took possession of a copy for a coroner’s investigation.

    Stainton said the tape should be destroyed when the coroner is finished.

    “I would never want that tape shown. I mean, it should be destroyed,” he said on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

  2. Ted Stanuga says:

    For a guy that made theatre of animal harrassment and abuse, his death in this manner was not a suprise. That the entire world seems to be mourning his death is a suprise as the profoundly stupid usually end up a short blurb as a Darwin Awards recipient. Greed driven stupidity and the crass commercialization of nature ironically harmed the very creatures he purported to love. This last of dance of death may serve to help make self indulgent, TV addicted children aware of the incredible beings that exist in nature and how important it is to leave them alone. If that happens Irwin will not have died in vain. Ted Stanuga

  3. Steve R. Jones says:

    Well, Ted, you bring up an interesting conundrum: Most decent folk deplore abuse, but how do we study and learn about these creatures if we don’t get near to them and observe them. Of course, as a die-hard “Darwinian”, I assume that you do acknowledge that homo sapiens has evolved with a cerebrum whose innate nature is to be inquisitive about the nature of all things observable, as well as some not observable. Irwin was just being “cerebral”, i.e., human. In addition to being naturally curious, most humans are greedy (at some level) as well. So are you saying that the Darwinian experiment in the enlarged, more capable cerebrum in our species is a failed one? Irwins’s greed (and his inquisitiveness) was a double-edged sword, wasn’t it? With it, he was a “Darwinian failure”, wasn’t he? Without it, he would have utterly failed to advance knowledge and civilization, would he not have? Anyone can play it safe, but to what end? Are all dangerous yet humanly worthy endeavors explicitly inane and maladaptive? Wherefore so? Are the astronauts spinning their wheels for nothing, too? Were Magellan, Cook, Cabot, and Columbus all doing their thing for naught as well? Ditto Jacques-Eves Cousteau? Albert Schweitzer? It’s interesting to note Churchill’s purported remark–not too far off the mark, really–of the wonderfully painful irony that all those who know best how to run the world are cutting hair and driving taxis. If the spectators want to “Monday-morning” quarterback, then fine! Let’s not pretend, however, that these folks are somehow advancing the species or furthering human civilization.

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