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Old September 4th, 2006, 07:23 AM
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Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter was killed today in Australia. He was stung by a stingray.
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Old September 4th, 2006, 07:37 AM
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Old September 4th, 2006, 07:48 AM
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I just checked the news and it's true:sad:
He was a very annoying man at times,but most of the time I enjoyed his shows and he clearly loved animals.
He showed us on many occasions,even undesireable scary animals are just animals like any others and deserve to survive on this earth.
He also taught us a lot about the country he loved so much
I for one am very sorry about his untimely passing,he'll be missed:sad: Steve
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Old September 4th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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i just woke up to read this... oh man, i have tears in my eyes, i LOVED this guy... LOVED his shows... how utterly tragic, sad, and what a stupid death. his poor wife must be devastated :sad:

steve, you leave behind a great legacy
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Old September 4th, 2006, 10:04 AM
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I can see his gap-toothed grin,his zest for life and the life around him,with all the evil people in the world,why take the good???
Maybe he was needed to assist at the Rainbow Bridge :love:
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Old September 4th, 2006, 11:55 AM
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:sad: I just posted this in OT forum.
I am sooo sad. Here is the story:

“Crocodile expert Steve Irwin has been killed by a stingray while diving off the Northeast coast of Australia.

The fish pierced the chest of TV's famous khaki-clad "Crocodile Hunter", while the 44-year-old was filming an underwater documentary off Port Douglas in northern Queensland.

A helicopter rushed paramedics to nearby Low Isles, about 1,260 miles north of Brisbane, where Irwin was taken for treatment, but he was dead before they arrived, police said.

Local diving operator Steve Edmonson, whose boats were out on the Great Barrier Reef when the accident happened, said: "Steve was hit by a stingray in the chest - he probably died from a cardiac arrest from the injury."

Toxicology experts said Irwin's death was more likely to be a result of the physical injury to his chest than the stingray's venom.

A stingray's strongly serrated barb can grow up to 20cm long and is capable of tearing and rendering flesh.

Dr Geoff Isbister, a clinical toxicologist at an Australian hospital, said: "What happened to Steve Irwin is like being stabbed in the heart.

"It has little to do with the venom and all to do with the trauma caused by the barb of the stingray.

"Although the venom may cause tissue damage, the physical trauma in this case would have been enough to cause a lethal injury."

Dr Bryan Fry, of the Australian Venom Research Unit in Melbourne, said: "Stingrays only sting in defence - they're not aggressive animals, so the animal must have felt threatened. It didn't sting out of aggression, it stung out of fear.

"The stingray's venom would not have been a factor. While extremely painful, stingray venom is rarely lethal."

The largest species of stingray can grow to about 4m in length or width and their tails are often twice as long as their bodies.

In 2004, Irwin caused outrage by holding his then one-month-old baby in front of a hungry crocodile. His TV series ended after he was criticised over the incident and also for allegedly disturbing whales, seals and penguins while filming in Antarctica.”
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Old September 4th, 2006, 12:24 PM
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How sad. :sad: Why the heck couldn't it have been an evil politician?
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:sad: Hi,yes i read the news today oh boy,what a shock.We are breeders of snakes and other reptiles Steve was on our tv set daily,he was like part of the family,Condolences for his 2 small wee ones and his lovely wife terri.You will be sadly missed!!!!
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Old September 4th, 2006, 12:58 PM
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this is from their web page:

"Media statement – 4 September 2006

Steve Irwin

At 11am today, the 4th September 2006, Steve Irwin was fatally wounded by a stingray barb to his heart whilst filming a sequence on Batt Reef off Port Douglas for his daughter’s new TV series.
Emergency services were called from Cairns Rescue Base and met Croc One, Steve’s rescue vessel at Low Isle on the Great Barrier Reef.
The Croc One crew performed constant CPR during the thirty minute dash to Low Isle, but the medical staff pronounced Steve dead at approx. 12 noon.

His producer and closest friend, John Stainton said on Croc One today,
“The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest Dads on the planet. He died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. Crocs Rule!”
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Old September 4th, 2006, 01:02 PM
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This is very sad. I also loved watching his shows and found him so enthusiastic and educational. In our papers this is what Steve Irwin's friend and producer said:

"The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one the the proudest dads on this plant, he died doing what he loves best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind".
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Old September 4th, 2006, 01:09 PM
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Hmmm! Interesting! Like the rest of the world, I'm shocked and saddened by the Crocodile Hunters death.

As one who has lived (and currently lives) in areas where poisonous reptiles, spiders, insects, and scorpions co-exist with humans and their pets, I'm one of those that have been critical of the message that the Crocodile Hunter programs sends to kids and (intellectually challenged) adults. He made it look so easy (he really was good!) and so the temptation is for kids and morons to go out and look for thrills at the expense of wildlife. Messing with rattlesnakes, gilas, black widows, tarantulas, africanized bees, and scorpions can result in nasty stings and bites--which can kill kids and dogs and at minimum, result in serious health problems in adults. The warning "don't try this at home" somehow never seemed strong enough to me. The best defense against tangling with poisonous creatures is to give them as wide a berth as possible.

While I don't celebrate Steve's death, it's nice that his demise wasn't trivialized by being caused by a car or plane crash, electrocution plugging in his electric razor, or from a heart attack in bed.

Steve died the way he lived, even tho he was diving at the time, he died with his boots on.
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Old September 4th, 2006, 01:19 PM
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While I don't celebrate Steve's death, it's nice that his demise wasn't trivialized by being caused by a car or plane crash, electrocution plugging in his electric razor, or from a heart attack in bed.
My friend was just saying that it would have been pathetic if he'd died in some mundane way.

I suppose if he had his way this would have been the way to go for him (well maybe not particularly the stingray but you know...). Least he was doing what he was happiest doing when he died.

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I was sad when I heard this :sad: . Steve.

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so the temptation is for kids and morons to go out and look for thrills at the expense of wildlife.
That should be in bold. That's like blaming violent movies for someone wanting to go kill people.
How would he make someone go mess with a dangerous animal? It's not the world's job to babysit morons. He was doing a television show, trying to educate people about animals, and if some idiot decides to go mess with dangerous animals because an expert does it on their tv show, the tv show isn't who should be blamed.
As far as children being tempted to do so, it's up to parents to educate their children on the proper way to act around animals, and to supervise them to make sure they're not out catching dangerous animals or something. If someones kid is off wandering around by themselves in the woods and starts provoking a dangerous animal, I'm thinking that's the parent's fault.
Steve never condoned children going out and catching wild animals, and if words such as "viewers, do NOT do this yourselves" after just about EVERY single segment are ignored, then whoever got themselves hurt because of it has only theirself to blame, or in the case of a child, their parents.

And btw, I also live somewhere where there are poisonous snakes and bugs, and most parents teach their children to NEVER mess with them. Most kids that even go to close to a cottonmouth or another poisonous snake are punished. Just because a lot of kids watch the crocodile hunter doesn't mean we have kids chasing after poisonous snakes, is that the case where you live?
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I never watched the news this morning and just found out now. I am shocked and saddened. He was such a devoted person to both animals and his family.
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Old September 4th, 2006, 03:41 PM
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Well,I don't know about anybody else,but as the day goes on and I think about Steve,I get this great feeling of loss and feel very sad.
Steve was the greatest ambassador for Australia and a great lover of animals and the conservation of endangered species.
I don't think it was good he died doing something he loves,he was too young to die,he should not have died period,it was an accident:sad:
I also never thought Crocodile "Hunter"was the right name for his shows,he abhorred hunting in any form.
So,a great little man is gone,hopefully his legacy will continue through his wife and his great staff,but I am sure Steve will be sorely missed:love:
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I agree Chico. I keep thinking about him all day too. He's one of those people you never imagine will die in this lifetime.:sad:
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i still can't believe it, i'm still in shock. too sad for words :sad: i loved that man, and i feel unbelievably sad for his beautiful wife & children
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I couldn't believe it either when I read it here. But then it was on the local 6pm news. I always loved watching his shows. I heard that the movie that he was making was about the worlds most deadliest creatures...
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more news... http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...222098946.html

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The underwater video footage of Steve Irwin's death after he was speared in the chest by a stingray was "shocking" his manager reportedly said today.
video tribute to steve...

http://media.theaustralian.news.com....in1_player.htm

mate... you will be as missed, as you were loved
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Like Chico and Prin, I've not stopped thinking about it all day, the world has lost one of it's brightest beacons on wildlife respect and conservation. I can't even begin to imagine the impact to his wife and children. I pray that everyone takes heed from his life and goes forward avidly and passionately to protect those that haven't the voice to speak for themselves. And as AngiesMan said, he died with his boots on, I can't think of a better way to go out.
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apparntly steves death was caught on camera, i hope its not published
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Old September 5th, 2006, 08:02 AM
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I'm sure that video will surface somehow...

I always thought he would retire from the show once he loses a limb to a croc or something, but this is way too sad. Steve Irwin You will be missed indeed
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The Queensland Government has set up an official book of condolences that will be given to his family.
http://www.qld.gov.au/announcements/steve_irwin.html
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I go to DeviantArt (a website) and its an art site. There are a ton of tributes to his death. Some more poignant than others, some capturing his life as we saw it. The two major themes are that he's still doing what he's doing in Heaven (and annoying Jesus/God) or Hell (annoying the Devil). Most of them do seem to poke fun at him but in a good way, not in a bad way. It's nice.

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Here's one of the more humourous ones: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/...ocodile+hunter

(Of course having shown this I can totally see him do it!)
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I am shocked and in tears over this. I LOVED that man's enthusiasm, his love for all creatures and his zest for life. I can't help but to feel like this hasn't really happened. I'm just dreaming. I can't stand the thought of never seeing him again. What a terrible way to die. I hope he didn't suffer.
I feel SO incredibly devastated for his children and his poor wife, Terri. What a sad, sad day. Steve Irwin.
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Rest in peace, Steve. The world is a smaller place without you :sad:
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The Queensland Government has set up an official book of condolences that will be given to his family.
http://www.qld.gov.au/announcements/steve_irwin.html

this is a good site. I've sent mine

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i have just seen a tribute video for steve and its so lovely, get the tissues ready. heres the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6tjqqYEDtw
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lots of tissues :sad:

it still all feels like a terrible mistake, a bad dream, that he's no longer with us... sooooo sad.
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