Monday, September 04, 2006

BBC NEWS: 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin killed

BBC NEWS has sad news from Down Under, but I can't say I'm too surprised...the man seemed to have no fear: "Australian naturalist and television personality Steve Irwin has been killed by a stingray during a diving expedition off the Australian coast.

Mr Irwin, 44, died after being struck in the chest by the stingray's barb while he was filming a documentary in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef.

Paramedics from Cairns rushed to the scene but were unable to save him.

Mr Irwin was known for his television show The Crocodile Hunter and his work with native Australian wildlife.

Police in Queensland confirmed the environmentalist's death and said his family had been notified. Mr Irwin was married with two young children."

Apparently, the report says, the cause of death was not the venom but that the barb punctured his heart. Really a freak accident. Very sad.


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