Steve Irwin died!!!?
The crocodile hunter died! How sad! I can't believe it!!!! Does anybody know what time it was? How old was he?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Shortly after 11:00am local time on 4 September 2006, Irwin was fatally pierced in the chest by a short-tail stingray barb while diving in Queensland's Batt Reef, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef. The events were caught on camera and the footage is now in the possession of Queensland Police. Irwin was in the area filming his own documentary, to be called The Ocean's Deadliest, but weather had stalled filming. Irwin decided to take the opportunity to film some shallow water shots for a segment in the television program his daughter Bindi was hosting, when, according to his friend and colleague John Stainton, he swam too close to one of the animals. "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.
After reviewing the footage of the incident and speaking to the cameraman who recorded it, marine documentary filmmaker and fisherman Ben Cropp speculated that the stingray "felt threatened because Steve was alongside and there was the cameraman ahead..." In such a case, the stingray responds by automatically flexing the serrated barb on its tail up to a maximum of 25 cm or 10 in of length.
"He came over the top of a stingray that was buried in the sand, and the barb came up and hit him in the chest," Stainton said. Cropp said Irwin had accidentally boxed the animal in. "It stopped and twisted and threw up its tail with the spike, and it caught him in the chest. It's a defensive thing. It's like being stabbed with a dirty dagger." The Bull Ray that stung Irwin was "a one-in-a-million thing," Cropp told Time magazine. "I have swum with many rays, and I have only had one do that to me." In this case, the motion struck Irwin's chest and pierced his heart. This was only the third known fatality in Australian history from a stingray attack, and only 17 worldwide fatalities have taken place since 1996.
Crewmembers aboard his boat called emergency services in the nearest city of 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. The barb lodged in his chest and the toxins of the barb caused Irwin to die of cardiac arrest.
The Queensland Police Service notified his family and released a statement for the media concerning his death. News of his death prompted a public outpouring expressing shock and loss. Several Australian news websites went down because of high web traffic and talk-back radio experienced a high volume of callers expressing their grief, commemorating his passion and exuberance. Australian Prime Minister John Howard, among many other politicians, expressed his "shock and distress" at the death, saying that "Australia has lost a wonderful and colourful son." Irwin's body was flown to a morgue in Cairns, where stunned family and friends were gathering on Monday night. His wife Terri was informed of her husband's death while on a walking tour in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, and returned via private plane from Devonport to the Sunshine Coast with their two children.
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie commented (in an interview shown on television) that Steve Irwin was a lovely person and a great ambassador for Queensland and Australia.
Animal Planet is planning a special tribute to Steve Irwin at 6pm EST. The president of the Discovery Network, Billy Campbell, released a statement, saying:
Our entire company is deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Steve was beloved by millions of fans and animal lovers around the world and was one of our planet's most passionate conservationists. He has graced our air since October 1996 and was essential in building Animal Planet into a global brand.
The Animal Planet will rename the garden space in front of Discovery's world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, to the "Steve Irwin Memorial Sensory Garden." They are also looking at the creation of the Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter Fund, which they will call "The Crikey Fund" which will "allow people from across the globe to make contributions in Steve's honour to support wildlife protection, education and conservation."Source(s): I thought You said you wouldn't tell me!!!!!!!!!
- 1 decade ago
It is sad
I don't know what time it was but I think he was 43 or 44 or somewhere close to that age
- NicoLv 71 decade ago
Yes I heard. He was 44. It was in Austrailia time so I'm not sure.
- 1 decade ago
He was 44 and it was last night.
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- Judas RabbiLv 71 decade ago
Yes I know
- jk poetLv 41 decade ago
A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO HE WAS 44 AND HE DIED FROM A STING RAY THAT POKED IT THRU HIS HEART WELL HE WON'T BE MISSED BY ME HE TOOK WAY TOO MANY CHANCES WITH HIS BABY AND THAT TO ME WAS PRETTY BAD
- meemeemee40Lv 51 decade ago
R.I.P.....Steve Irwin......god bless your wife and 2 kids....
- 1 decade ago
he was 44 a sting ray killed him! not even a crocidile
- juan_yongLv 41 decade ago
who is steve irwin? never heard of him!!!!
- JubeiLv 71 decade ago
i feel very bad about it...40+