Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin Dead at 44

The man we have all come to know and wonder why he would do some of the most dangerous things we could imagine, has passed away, while shooting a segment for a series called “Ocean’s Deadliest”, after being stuck in his heart by a stingray. Hat Tip to Dizzy Dezzi for this story.

Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of northeastern Queensland state, shooting a segment for a series called “Ocean’s Deadliest” when he swam too close to one of the animals, which have a poisonous barb on their tails, his friend and colleague John Stainton said.

“He came on top of the stingray and the stingray’s barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart,” said Stainton, who was on board Irwin’s boat at the time.

Crew members aboard the boat, Croc One, called emergency services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead when they arrived a short time later, Stainton said.

Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword “Crikey!” in his television program “Crocodile Hunter.” First broadcast in Australia in 1992, the program was picked up by the Discovery network, catapulting Irwin to international celebrity.

He rode his image into a feature film, 2002’s “The Crocodile Hunters: Collision Course” and developed the wildlife park that his parents opened, Australia Zoo, into a major tourist attraction.

“The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet,” Stainton told reporters in Cairns. “He died doing what he loved best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. He would have said, ‘Crocs Rule!'”

Mr. Irwin leaves behind his wife Terri from Eugene, Ore. and two children, Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob who is just shy of 3 years old.

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10 Responses to Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin Dead at 44

  1. sandrakae says:

    This is so sad. I loved his show and will sorely miss him. Here is a link to a picture of a stingray, in case you are not sure what they look like.

  2. I still have problems with thinking it is true. WOW what a shock! He will be missed. To think how much he cared, and what he has done for conservation, you have wonder if we will have anyone else take his place.

  3. janet says:

    I saw this on the news and it really bothered me. How tragic. His wife is from Oregon. My thoughts to her and their two children.

  4. Donnie

    I fixed your initial link to the AP story because it wouldn’t open and added a photo of Steve Irwin.

    Thanks for posting this. He had an inate sense of nature that is sorely missed in our busy world that has forgotten how delicate the balance of nature and man is.

  5. Sandrakae

    Thanks for the photo link.

  6. Thanks Pamela,

    Always looking out for your dog on a leash. 😆 You never know when she will let this “Devil Dog loose” to have his way! Take heart people, this dog has an owner, and he has not bitten someone in a long time. But if you find your way to my dog house, The Dog Will Bite!!

  7. Ginny in CO says:

    This brings back Jim Henderson’s (Muppets creator, Sesame Street, etc) untimely death in his 50’s. What a loss for the creatures and the humans who value all of them. The spokesman who can bring more people to support these ideas in the face of conservative opposition is all too rare.

    We really need a dual message on this. The creatures are wonderful, essential to the earth’s diversity and many are DANGEROUS.

  8. Ginny in CO says:


    Pamela is the administrator of high quality – she keeps all of us from unintentionally undermining her blog’s higher standards of accuracy and leaving no loose ends.

    You are by no means the only one that realizes Pamela went in to add appropriate links, fix spelling errors or whatever. This really becomes apparent when you go to other blogs and find links that don’t work, sentence structure that is confusing and other simple goof ups that can be fixed with basic editing.

    The Dem Daily may not have the high traffic of other blogs – but the traffic is higher quality, for good reason.

  9. Donnie, Ginny

    Just doing what a good “editor” does. 😉

    On the traffic note, I recently had a view of our traffic via those who subcribe to RSS feeds of the Dem Daily. Most of that traffic never shows up in stat counters and we have a fair amount of traffic via the RSS feeds that is comparable to our regular traffic.

  10. KJ says:

    I was also sad to read the news about Steve Irwin’s death this morning. He did so much to SHOW our connection with animals and, in my opinion, the inherent dignity and even divinity in nature.

    I’m with Donnie, I don’t know if there is anyone who can take his place. And we need that connection with nature shown now, more than ever.